Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule, Deputy Governor of Lagos State, has called on managers of educational institutions in Africa to integrate education practice and research.
In his address delivered by Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun, Vice Chancellor of Lagos State University, Nigeria on his behalf at the maiden International Multi-disciplinary conference for postgraduate students held at University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Dr Adebule believes that connecting practice and research was key in advancing the education sector in Africa.
The conference had the theme, “Connecting practice, research and teaching as generational thinkers”, was organised by the UEW Chapter of the Graduate Association of Ghana (GRASAG).
Dr. Adebule, who is also in charge of the Educational Ministry in Nigeria, said university education is largely a credentialling process and more is needed beyond that process to succeed.
Where the environment is conducive such that educational practice has been properly infused with “research to teaching” and “teaching to research” narratives, the benefits for the educational system will be significant, Dr. Adebule said.
“We must begin to conceptualise and evaluate practice, teaching and research in an integrated way to help us as a continent to have globally mobile graduates”.
Mr. Samuel Ofori Danquah, President of the Conference said the event formed part of the strategic action plan which is been implemented in partnership with the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), Institute for Educational Research and Innovation Studies (IERIS), Centre for International Programmes (CIP) and the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate all of UEW.
He said, it was intended to offer students the opportunity to share, ideas, research results, promote their works, and explore opportunities for collaborating on joint publications to expand their professional networking skills.
Professor Mawutor Avoke, Vice Chancellor of UEW, who chaired the ceremony, urged the participants to appreciate the deliberations of the conference and bring out workable strategies that will help provide solutions through research, teaching and practice.