Prof. Temi Ologunorisa, Vice Chancellor of Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, Ondo State, revealed that out of 982 students that completed their studies at the institution between 2014 and 2022, 26 graduated with first-class degrees.
The Vice-Chancellor made this known during a press briefing on the events scheduled for the university's first convocation, held on the campus on Monday.
“The highlight of the convocation is the award of university first degrees to 982 graduands from five sets – 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 sessions.
“The breakdown shows that a total of 26 graduates made first class, 307 made second class (upper division), 488 in second class (lower division) and 161 in third class,” he said.
The don clarified that the high number of first-class graduates was due to the institution's culture of maintaining standards, quality, and hard work, and all their students put in significant effort to achieve their marks.
He pointed out that many of their alumni were excelling in various fields globally.
“The university is noted for a very high academic standard. Some of these graduands are already Ph.D holders from leading universities in the United States, U.K, Germany, South Africa and Nigeria.
“One of our recent first class graduates in chemistry, Miss Dimehin Adebisi, was admitted for Ph.D in chemical engineering at the University of Cincinnati, USA without passing through a Master’s degree programme.”
Despite encountering numerous challenges, the Vice Chancellor acknowledged that the university is thriving and taking steps towards transitioning from a teaching university to a research university.
The institution has to this end signed Memoranda of Understanding with several universities worldwide in pursuit of this goal.
Also, Ologunorisa praised Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for bringing the university out of a moribund state and noted that the school enjoys support from the state government and Nigerians who have its best interests at heart.
“In the next academic session, 2023/2024, the School of Basic Medical Sciences will take off. The school will run courses in BSc. Nursing and BSc. Public Health.
"Also the BSc. Applied Geology programmes will also commence in the 2023/2024 academic session in the School of Earth Science.
“It should be mentioned that the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission is building a new school – School of Maritime Transport and Logistics at Ugbo Nla, in Ondo State Southern senatorial district.
'The maritime academy will train the critical skilled manpower necessary to drive maritime industry and ultimately the blue economy of the state,” he added.
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