By Agbaragu Timothy
Vice Chancellor of the Delta State University, Abraka, Professor Andy Egwunyenga, has emphasized the place of research in bringing about innovation to meet various human needs and improve the quality of life.
Professor Egwunyenga made the point in a keynote address while declaring a two day workshop on Development of Research Skills for Postgraduate Students of the Delta State University Abraka, at Abraka yesterday.
Represented by the Deputy Chancellor (Administration) Professor (Mrs.) Rose Okoh, the vice Chancellor explained that teaching, research and community service which is the traditional function of the University was the tripod on which national development was premised.
“In Fact there is virtually nothing we do today after creation that is not the outcome of research work,” he asserted, stressing that there was still much more to be done.
According to him, the workshop, themed: “Enhancing Research Skills for 21st Century Postgraduate Students” was aimed at improving the research competence of postgraduate students for national development.
The university urged participants not to see the workshop as a jamboree or an opportunity to attend it for the sake of it or just obtaining a certificate, but to see it as an instrument that would enhance their capacities as people who have gone to postgraduate school.
Highlighting the overview of the expected benefits of the workshop, the Dean of Postgraduate School, Delta State University Abraka, Professor Emmanuel Akporhonor stated that it would enable active participants to be abreast with the latest knowledge of discourse on topics ranging from components of research reports, empirical and theoretical analysis of data and its interpretation.
The two day workshop which is expected to end today (16/11/2022) would coach participants on how to choose a research topic, develop research proposals, ethical issues/plagiarism, data collection, analysis and sampling, among others.