Twenty-six students of the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, Ondo State, have graduated with first class degree.
The vice chancellor of the institution, Prof. Temi Ologunorisa, announced disclosed this to journalists yesterday on the campus briefing journalists on the activities lined up for the joint first convocation of the university.
He said the 26 first class graduates were among the 982 students that had finished from the institution in five sessions between 2014 and 2022.
“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 session.
“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.”
Speaking further on the number of first class graduates churned out, the vice chancellor said the school has a culture of standard, quality and hard work stressing that every student worked hard to earn their marks.
He added that many of their graduates were performing excellently across the globe.
“The university is noted for a very high academic standard. Some of these graduands are already PhD 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 PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Cincinnati, USA without passing through a Master’s degree programme,” he said.
In spite of the various challenges facing the institution, Ologunorisa said the university was still thriving and making efforts to move from being just teaching university to a research university.
To achieve that, he said the institution had signed memoranda of understanding with many universities across the world.
“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 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 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.