On February 3, the School of Law (SoL) opened its Capacity Building and Mentoring Seminar, a staff development program focused on the fundamentals of research, writing, and publication in an academic setting.
The program promises to be a testament to the uniqueness of SoL, which offers a world-class and globally competitive legal education in Nigeria.
The seminar’s conveners said its underpinning philosophy is the need to create a vibrant research and publishing culture within the young and growing SoL.
Describing the event, Dean Oladejo Justus Olowu said the inaugural seminar directly signaled the roll-out of an enduring tradition.
“Throughout every academic semester, the AUN law program will have its entire faculty making research presentations to the AUN and broader communities, which will eventually be sharpened into research outputs that will positively impact society. Today’s event is not only about legal minds but much more about all scholars working towards making the world a better place.”
President Dekle declared the series open and said the foundations being built would provide the robust framework on which the school will grow to become an excellent law program in Africa.
“Your School of Law mentors will offer high-level advice on the fundamentals of research writing and publication in an academic setting, and their guidance will provide a path to long-term discipline and scholarly development.”
VP Academics Affairs/Provost, Prof. Muhammadou M.O. Kah, said the platform where scholars can engage with one another to explore answers to questions and challenges of society and subject them to paper is a commendable initiative.
“It is one that we all embrace and encourage… We cannot be a truly world-class university without quality and substantive research.”
The daylong event had three eminent scholars present on different topics. Professor Sadiq Shikyil (SAN) presented on the necessity for academic research and writing by young faculty, Professor Olowu presented on the art of writing and publishing peer-reviewed articles, and Professor Mohammed Ahmadu presented on the art of writing a defendable doctoral thesis.
Reported by Omorogbe Omorogiuwa