Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, is turning out a total number of 888 graduates at the end of the 2017/2018 academic session and 71 of them have first class honours.
The Vice-chancellor of the University, Joshua Ogunwole, disclosed this on Thursday ahead of the convocation ceremony holding on Friday.
While giving the breakdown, Mr Ogunwole said 329 graduands made the second class upper division, while 329 made the second class lower division, and 88 came out with third class.
He added that 42 students from the Faculty of medicine and surgery, 16 Master degree, and 7 PhD students were among the graduands.
“These students have been found worthy in learning and character modelling, and have convincingly demonstrated a high level of academic excellence and discipline,” he said.
“We are releasing them to the public in order for them to bring what they have learnt here to bear on the society and make a positive impact. This university has produced a total number of 11,042 alumni from the first convocation in 2006 to the 12th convocation in November 2018.”
Mr Ogunwole said there is a standing policy to train and retrain staff, as well as engaging and advancing the frontiers of research to meet the world-class benchmark, mostly in the areas of renewable energy, food security, medicine, peace and conflict studies.
He added that the Senate of the university has approved the admission into Medical Laboratory Science, Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Mechanical Engineering for 2017/2018 academic session.
“In order to make the University academically suitable to compete globally at all fronts, Council in 2016 approved its rebranding in all spheres of its operation. This involves re-jiggling the academic content and mode of operation.
“The University has equally made progress in the area of establishment of positive academic linkages and the promotion of viable outreach programmes locally and overseas. We have been able to establish mutual collaboration agreements for active research collaboration between Bowen and University of Mary Hardin – Baylor, Texas U. S. A, Simmons University, Texas USA among others,” he said.
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