By Simeon OSAJIE
Vice Chancellor, Edo State University Uzairue, Engr. Prof Emmanuel Aluyor has said the university will on Saturday, 4th November, 2023 graduate a total of 414 undergraduate students and her first set of postgraduate programmes at the 5th convocation ceremony.
Prof. Aluyor disclosed this during press briefing as part of activities marking the 5th Convocation Ceremony of the University.
He stated that 12 students would obtained first class Honours, 154 will be receiving second class Honours (Upper Division), 234 will achieve second class Honours (Lower Division), while 14 will earn third class degrees.
On the other hand, the VC said 9 out of the 14 candidates have completed their PhD programs, 4 have successfully completed their M.Sc and M.A degrees while 38 will be receiving postgraduate Diplomas.
He further revealed that the university has experienced growth in both student’s enrollment and the number of faculties and departments which includes Arts and communication, Management and Social Sciences, Applied Health Science, Basic Medical Sciences, Basic Clinical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Engineering, Science and Law with 32 departments.
The VC also said that the university have also obtained approval from the NUC to commence additional new programs i.e. Nursing Science, Law and Civil Engineering in the postgraduate programmes. While the NUC have also conducted resource verification visit for various new programs such as Software Engineering, Cyber Security, Broadcasting, Media Journalism, Miming Engineering, Production Engineering and Mechatronics Engineering saying academic activities would soon commenced in those departments.
Prof Aluyor stated that the university has been working diligently to fulfill its purpose and vision of its founders, “Our goal is to be an exceptional institution for teaching and learning”.
According to him, “Despite various obstacles, the university has continued to operate and successfully graduate students as at when due”
On the students population, said the university is currently projected to grow to over 4,500 students by the end of the ongoing admission process as the university’s consistent growth and its ability to attract more students.
Prof Aluyor further stated that the university 5th convocation lecture with the title: Harnessing the Potentials of Nigerian Youth for National Unity and Development, is to be delivered by Brig. Gen. Yushau Dogara Ahmed, Director General, National Youth Service Corps.
He said the university will be confering the award of honorary doctorate degree (Honoris Causa) on two notable Nigerians, Dr. Mrs. Owen D. Omogiafo and Mr. Eric Idiahi, for their illustrious career and wonderful contributions to the development of Nigeria.
Prof Aluyor however reiterated the University’s commitment for its long-standing practice of giving a prize of 5 million naira to the graduating student who has the most innovative and potentially lucrative business idea.
“We have kept this promise because of our belief that when our students graduate from this school, we want them to not only to have the skills necessary to find employment but to also become self-employed and be able to employ others”, he concluded.