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Achiever’s University: 22 students bag First Class

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No fewer than 22 students of the Achiever’s University, Owo in Ondo State have bagged First Class degrees in its 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 academic sessions.

Prof. Tunji Ibiyemi, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, made the disclosure on Monday in Owo during a news conference to herald the 8th and 9th combined convocation of the university.

Ibiyemi said that the combined sets had 400 graduating students.

He said that 217 students were in Second Class Honours (Upper Division), while 130 students had Second Class Honours (Lower Division) and the remaining 31 students were in the Third Class Honours Division.

He added that the National University Commission (NUC) had granted the university approval to commence postgraduate programmes in M.Sc. Accounting, M.Sc/MBA Business Administration and M Sc. Computer Science.

“At this convocation, the first set of postgraduates, totalling 48, will be presented for the award of Masters of Science in these three programmes,” he said.

The vice-chancellor noted that four illustrious Nigerians would be given honorary degree awards during the convocation ceremony on Saturday.

Ibiyemi said that the university had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with two foreign universities in the U.S and Kenya for knowledge and faculty exchanges.

He said that the university’s vision was to become best in Africa, hence the need to partner with successful universities in the world that could lift it up in achieving its goals.

“We considered these universities for this collaboration for they have been doing well in some key areas that we are targeting and they can quickly pull us up very quickly,” he said.

The vice-chancellor said that the MoU would impact on development for the university and enhance the quality of education offered to its students.

“Within the ambit of this collaboration, our students have been offered a home status at these universities, including 50 per cent fee rebate for any graduate of Achievers University who wants to do their postgraduate programmes.

“We have students that have gone there and our lecturers will be linked with theirs.

“This collaboration presents opportunities for joint research in areas of interest to both institutions, faculty exchanges students and much more,’’ he said.

He explained that the university had embarked on massive infrastructure development, adding that an ultra-modern 810 bed-space hostel accommodation had been completed.

Dr Bode Ayorinde, the Pro-Chancellor of the university said that the university had enough capacity but that the institution was under-subscribed.

“We have capacities that can cater for 10,000 students but we have an average of 2,000 students which means we are under-subscribed,” he said.

Ayorinde said that a 12-point agenda was being targeted to celebrate the university’s 15th anniversary in 2023.


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(Edited by Edwin Nwachukwu/Peter Ejiofor)

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