The Vice-Chancellor of Crawford University, a private university owned by the Apostolic faith Church, which is located at Igbesa in Ogun State, Prof. Isaac Rotimi Ajayi, has tasked universities and students to research that will offers solutions to the myriad of challenges in the society. According to him, the governments and organisations are looking the way of the ivory towers for answers that are embedded in cutting-edge research that will provide solutions to societal ills and challenges.
The Vice-Chancellor, who disclosed this during the 13th matriculation of the university, also charged the matriculating students, especially the postgraduate students to apply themselves to research in order to resolve the challenges. While administering the university matriculation oath on the students at the Multipurpose Hall of faith-based university, Ajayi told the postgraduate students that Postgraduate Studies “is serious business that demands total commitment.”
“It is the height of academic pursuit reserved for innovation, creativity and solutions,” he added, saying that significant social institutions such as the governments, multinationals and bluechips companies are in dire shortage of problem-solvers and would be looking their ways for solutions. He noted: “Therefore, you need to apply yourselves to research in order to put yourselves in position where you would be relevant as problem-solvers and solution-providers.
“Nigeria and indeed, the world are infested with myriad of problems demanding solutions. The university is being looked upon to proffer answers which are embedded in research. No wonder the government, industries and organisations are looking unto universities for the necessary answers and optimal solutions. Hence, your talents and skills would be sought after to address these challenges and inadequacies.” The students were admitted into various academic programmes of the university such as in Sciences, Social Sciences, Business and Environment at the undergraduate, Direct Entries, Postgraduate and the School of Part – Time (SPTS) levels.