By Mary Obaebor
AUGUSTINE University, Ilara-Epe, Lagos State, has presented its second group of graduate students. Speaking on the occasion, the vice chancellor, Professor Christopher Odetunde, said that five of the 38 graduate students earned a first-class degree, while 20 earned the second upper class, 11 the second lower class and two the third class.
Odetunde noted that despite the challenges posed by the outbreak of the Corona virus disease in the country, the university was getting stronger and would soon introduce some new courses.
He stated that officials from the National University Commission, NUC, will soon visit the school regarding their preparations for the proposed courses. The courses are Biotechnology, Cybersecurity; Fishery; Information technology; Mass communication; Political Sciences; and Software Engineering. He expressed the hope that with the advent of these courses, Augustine University would witness an increase in student sponsorship. Listing some of the achievements recorded in the outgoing year, Odetunde said that the Omololu-Mulele Endowment Fund recently increased the endowment to the sum of N60,000,000, from the initial N40,000,000 awarded by the State in 2019.
“The Engineering building that was financed by Mr. Femi Otedola is in progress. We are very grateful to the Otedola family for their generosity and the usual show of kindness towards the Agustín University ”, he added. Odetunde, who took office last October, said his vision for the university was to take it to a very high level. “UAI’s mission of scholarship, teaching, research, community development, international perspective, integrity, compassion and responsibility will be moved to a higher level. My dream is to see our graduates turn into gold in the hand of the world and light the way to greatness for our nation, ”he said.
He charged graduate students to view education as an ongoing process that would allow them to contribute meaningfully to society.
He thanked the owners of the university, the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, led by His Excellency the Most Reverend Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins, for their unwavering support of the university, especially during the closure of the universities. Martins, in his message, reiterated the church’s commitment for the university to be among the best in the world.
The convening conference entitled “Youth and Nigerian Nation Building in the 21st Century” was given by Prof. Bankole Ogbogbo.
He noted that one of the places where young people converge is in institutions of higher education, adding: “If you want to treat young people well, then fix these institutions.”
He described that young age has serious implications for the future and therefore should not be played with.
Miss Odunwa Omena Mercedes from the English Department, emerged as the Best Graduate Student.