‘Entrepreneurship study, research panacea to meaningful national development’
Former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Prof. John Okhuoya, yesterday, harped on the need to establish a culture of research in the country’s educational system to foster meaningful research and innovation.
Okhuoya made the remark during a summit organised by the School of Post-graduate Studies and Research, Igbinedion University Okada (IUO), Edo State.He said: “We live in a knowledge based economy now, and universities constitute the hub for knowledge. The rate of transfer of this knowledge is very rapid and so, to be competitive and survive, we need to constantly innovate.
“One of the instruments to achieve this is through Postgraduate research. The culture is lacking in our universities. That is why I commend Igbinedion University. Research unveils the hidden treasures that add value to life and development,” Okhuoya said.
Speaking on the topic Research, Ethics, Attitude and Methodologies/Intellectual Properties/Plagiarism, the don cautioned against unethical research practices, saying honesty, accuracy and efficiency, and objectivity, are some of the shared values in scientific research. He also added that research programmes should be student friendly to avoid frustration.
Vice Chancellor, Igbinedion University Okada, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye called on the Federal Government to assist in entrepreneurship study, by providing funds for research and make available training hubs to create opportunities for unemployed youths in the country.
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