ABSU to Graduate 4,447 Students — Two Persons with Honorary Doctorate Degree

ABSU to Graduate 4,447 Students

— Two Persons with Honorary Doctorate Degree

Ify Ashi,Umuahia

The 25th convocation ceremony of Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu, comes  up this coming Saturday August 19th with a total number of 4,447 students that will be graduating.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, professor Uche Ikonne revealed this during the pre convocation briefing at the university.

He disclosed that 15 students will receive first class honours, 653  for second class upper while 2,503 came out with second class lower, 558 came out with a third class, medicine and surgery 72, PGD 89, PHD 102  masters 297 and optometry 115.

The vice chancellor noted that Senator Bello Hayatu Gwarzo (CON) and Elder Emmanuel Adaelu (MFR) will be conferred with Honorary Doctorate Degrees, respectively.

Prof. Uche Ikonne said the programme which commenced Wednesday August 16th with football match and cultural display later climaxed into books and arts exhibition, pre-convocation lecture as well as thanksgiving church service to re-dedicate the entire management, Staff and students of ABSU for God’s protection and progress of the institution as a whole.

Prof. Ikonne further said “apart from the First Class degrees, higher degrees, honorary degrees and presentation of prizes at the event, the University will also mark her silver jubilee anniversary with a paper to be delivered by the Minister of State for Education Prof. Anthony Anwukah on Friday 18th August, 2017 with topic titled “Nigeria and the Dynamics of Global Education”

The Vice Chancellor further pointed out that full accreditation status for all professional programmes in the university including Medicine, Law and Nursing Sciences among others and improvement in the academic content of the university, with the introduction of engineering courses, Public Health, Surveying and Geo-Informatics have been achieved.

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Others, he listed are increase in admission quota of the university by Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, improvement in the national and international rating of the university, restoration of security, improvement in research activities and the introduction of online registration for students, release of results and issuance of academic transcripts.

“Grandaunts of the university can now access their academic transcripts anywhere in the world on the payment of the approved fees on-line”, he said.

He further said, “it is on record that 38 research topics were approved by the Tertiary Education trust Fund, TET Fund for sponsorship, the highest for any university in the country.

Prof. Ikonne disclosed that staff and students of the university have been winning laurels at major national and international competitions, while Entrepreneurship Studies has been introduced with “one student, one additional skill” mandate, as well as infrastructural developments that have taken place in the university, including the renovation of student hostels, lecture theatres and laboratories.

He said that there is cordial relationship between the school and its host community as well as with its student, pointing out that the university prioritized the welfare of its staff and education of the students in order to move the school forward.

Prof. Ikonne further  thanked the Visitors to the university Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu for  assisting the university in tackling most of her challenges.


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