The Vice-Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Prof. Bath Okolo, has said that 116 of the 19,880 graduating students the institution obtained first class degrees in various disciplines.
This was contained in a statement issued by the institution after Okolo spoke at its 42nd convocation held between January 25 and 26, this year.
He said 116 of the graduating students received first class honours certificates while 195 were conferred with PhD degrees in various disciplines.
Okolo added that the institution recorded a 73 per cent increase in graduating student numbers over the previous session. There were 11, 496 graduating students at the 41st convocation.
The 116 first class students are among 19, 880 graduates to receive first and higher degrees at the two-day event. First degree holders make up 18, 150 while higher degrees total 1, 730.
Giving a breakdown of the graduating students, Okolo stated that 4, 405 bagged second class upper degrees; 10, 048 got second class lower degrees; 2, 633 got third class while 154 had pass degrees. Okolo added that 794 were conferred with various diploma certificates; 1, 226 got Master’s degree in various disciplines while 269 were awarded various postgraduate diploma certificates.
Okolo affirmed that the university had imparted the graduating class with knowledge for tackling the challenges ahead of them.
“Based on our tradition of continuously adapting our curriculum to changing times, these graduating students have also been equipped with other relevant requisite skills such as information technology and entrepreneurship. They have also taken courses in Peace and Conflict Resolution- a very useful skill in the Nigeria of today,” he said.
Okolo said the university, under his leadership, had focused on scholarship, human resource development, good governance and infrastructure upgrade as priorities over the last three years and had recorded many successes in efforts to achieve “institutional advancement of our university.”
“In the last three years, the university has offered automatic employment to over 300 first class graduates, thus creating a critical mass of the much-needed new generation of excellent and competent scholars who will sustain the legacy of scholarship at the University of Nigeria. We have also taken advantage of the special funding from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, international strategic alliances established over time and funds generated internally to provide sponsorship for overseas training and exposure to global best practices for over 50 per cent of our young staff,” he said.

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