Ebonyi State University (EBSU) through its Vice Chancellor, Elder Professor Chigozie Ogbu, on Thursday 12th March, 2020 bestowed degree certificates on over 8,000 graduands of the institution in Abakaliki.
Addressing newsmen during the event, the Vice Chancellor said that the programme covered five years convocation ceremonies of the institution where the total numbers of 19,966 persons ranging from diploma to PhD programmes were issued their certificates.
Prof. Ogbu said, “Today’s event marks a great day in the annals of Ebonyi State University as the convocation provided fora for the institution to present its products who had undergone the rigors of university education successfully.”
He said that the accredited university programmes had grown from 60 to 67 which cut across various fields as Engineering, Library Science among others as to provide the young people with the opportunities to study courses of their choices.
Professor Ogbu further disclosed that the total population of undergraduates is 16,688, and postgraduates’ students 5,750 while the Institution is still working hard to increase the number of graduates.
According to him, in order to attain the height of internalization of education, the African Institute for Health Policy and Health System funded by World Health Organization was established in EBSU, an avenue through which students from other African universities could come and carry out their postgraduate studies at the institution.
“EBSU is the Coordinating University for the European Union (EU) Funded Project, it also partners with four other African Universities in another European Union Funded for Africa known as Enhancing Training and Research Mobility for Novel Crops Breeding in Africa.”
“Under these two projects, since 2018, no fewer than 15 foreign students had been admitted in the programmes while our students do travel to Hokkaido University in Japan annually on exchange of the programme”, he explained.
He further said that EBSU is one of the 17 Nigeria Universities participating in the Association of the Commonwealth Universities’ sponsored project through the support of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), the institution had been made to provide new laboratory equipment and classroom furniture for Department of Geology and others.
He added that the management has plans to establish an Advanced Central Research Laboratory where scientific and social research facilities would be made available and he stated that henceforth, the convocation would become an annual event.
The Vice Chancellor disclosed that out of the overall number of first degree graduands, 90 made first class, 3,169 made 2nd Class Upper, 9,341 made 2nd Class Lower, 4,606 made 3rd Class while 449 made Pass.