Covenant University’s research products have once again dominated research and invention exhibition fairs in faraway Brazil and South Korea. There, the University bagged grand awards for invention of latest technologies that promote creative, happy human and smart cities.
The awards, which were won by products of researchers from the College of Engineering, include a ‘Solar Powered Weather Station,’ developed by Dr. Anthony Adoghe, ‘Green Luminaire,’ by Dr. Hope Orovwode, and an ‘Energy Retention Bag,’ by Professor Samuel Wara.
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A team of researchers from the Covenant University Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID), together with officials from the Nigerian Association of Inventors (NAI), made the formal presentation of the awards to the University Management on Friday, December 18, 2015.
The President of NAI, Prince ShakaMomodu, who attended the invention fairs, stated that the awards were won by Covenant University at the Seoul International Invention Fair, held in November 2015, in Seoul, Korea, and the UniAmerica, Global Exhibition of Inventions For Creative, Happy Human and Smart Cities, held in December 2015, in Foz Do Iguacu, in Parana, Brazil. He said that the two products of the University, the ‘Green Luminaire,’ and the ‘Solar Powered Weather Station,’ won grand prizes of Gold and Bronze respectively.
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The Director of CUCRID, Professor Samuel Wara, stated that the same products have been winning awards in different exhibitions based on different ratings. “This,” he said, “simply lends credence to the value of the inventions in relation to meeting needs across different geographical locations.”
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, congratulated the research team involved in the development of the various products, and noted that within a space of three months, the Research Cluster headed by Professor Wara, through the leadership of the Nigerian Association of Inventors, has never represented the University anywhere without having proofs to show, of the quality of research in the University.
The Vice-Chancellor emphasized the significance of the award to expectations of the University for the coming year. He pointed out that the management of the University desires more of this level of research success in the New Year; stating that all hands must be on deck to move the University further in its desire to reach the goal of becoming a world class university in less than 8 years from now.
Professor Ayo also stressed the need to move towards product commercialization in order to get the public to enjoy the university’s inventions. He stated that this would be in line with the institution’s short term goal for the academic year, which is “Innovation, Product Development and Nation Building.”