By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
The Vice Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University , Ile Ife, Prof. Bamitale Omole on Monday, 8th December, 2014 said that 127 students of the institution bagged First Class honours and would be awarded their various degrees in the convocation holding between Wednesday, 10th December, and Friday, 12th December, 2014.
The Vice Chancellor stated this at a press conference held at the university to herald the 40th convocation of the university which he said ranked the best in the country.
According to Omole, “The Senate of the university has approved the graduation of 9,094 first degree graduates drawn from the 13 faculties in the university.
“The breakdown is as follows: 127 students made first class honors while 2,369 and 4,256 respectively made second class honour upper and lower divisions. 1,232 students made third class while 123 students would graduate with ordinary pass.
“For the postgraduate students level, 394 would be conferred with postgraduate diplomas, 2,755 with master’s degrees, 73 with Masters of Philosophy while 150 would be conferred with Doctor of Philosophy degrees.”
Omole noted that the challenge the university had was how to maintain its number one position which he said had attracted many great scholars as well as students from far and near.
He added that after maintaining the number one position in the country, OAU would strive to move from its present position on the Webometric ranking of universities in Africa to the top.
While rating the university as the best, Omole said the university made history by becoming the first varsity to be rated the best in the country for three consecutive years by the Cybermetrics Labs of Spain.
He said: “It is on record that Obafemi Awolowo University is the leading university in Nigeria in Information Communication Technology with Internet access bandwidth of 600Mbps which is the largest in the entire Nigerian University system.
“The university has also been a pace setter in other ICT related innovations including being the hub for the use of iLab- a scientific innovation which enables users to perform experiments at a remote location over a network.
With the use of iLab, students and researchers need not be in a physical laboratory to carry out experiments”.
He explained that the university did not come by its first position by mere wishing, saying OAU pioneered the research in chemotherapeutic effect of Fagara Xanthozyloudes on sickle cell anemia.
He added that the varsity was also the first in Nigeria to carry out separation of Siamese twins and also the first to introduce entrepreneurial studies which had been adopted nation wide.
Speaking on the ban placed on some foreign students from the Ebola ravaged countries, the Vice Chancellor said that some of the students who returned back to the campus from the countries were screened and found to be free of the virus.
He added that some were yet to return, saying maybe those ones had decided not to come back or they had not met the requirement of entry into Nigeria.