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EBSU to convocate 19, 966 students during combined convocation ceremony

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The Ebonyi State University (EBSU) says a total of 19, 966 students will graduate from the institution during its combined 7th to 11thconvocation ceremony on March 14.

Professor Chigozie Ogbu, the university’s Vice Chancellor disclosed this on Thursday in Abakaliki during its convocation press conference, stating that the ceremony will be ‘remarkable’.

Ogbu who was a two-term Deputy Governor of the state said that the convocation will cover graduands from 2015 to 2019 as they successfully went through the rigours of university education.

“Diploma graduands are 23, bachelors degress-18, 625, Post Graduate Degree (PGD)/PGDE—272, masters degree- 596 and doctorate (PH.D)—423.

“The bachelors degree category will have 90 first class graduands, 3, 169–second class upper, 9, 341 second class lower, 4, 606–third class and 449–pass graduands,” he said.

The vice chancellor said that since assuming office in on Feb.2, 2018, his administration has taken successive steps that have added to past efforts and yielding many results.

“We have grown the university’s programmes from 60 to 67 and new programmes are added to provide opportunities for young people in engineering, library science among others.

“10 programmes that had re-accreditation visit achieved full accreditation status in 2018 while in 2019, the university presented 26 programmes for accreditation after rigourous efforts.

“The results are being awaited and while the new programmes are awaiting accreditation visit, the rest of the programmes enjoy full accreditation.

“The undergraduate students population is 16, 688, post graduate students is 5, 750 and we are still working hard to increase the numbers” he said.

He said that the institution has ‘keyed-into’ the internalisation of education concept which is in vogue.

“The African Institute for Health Policy and Systems funded by the World Health Organisation (WHO) is located in EBSU.

“The WHO sponsor students from other African countries to have their post graduate studies at the institute and we are the coordinating university for the European Union (EU) funded project.

“EBSU also partners with four african universities in another EU funded project for Africa titled, “Enhancing training and Research Mobility for Novel Crops Breeding in Africa, code named “MoBreed”, he said.

Ogbu said that through the support of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) the university has been able to provide new laboratory equipment and classroom furniture for departments of geology, applied biology, applied microbiology bio-chemistry among others.

 

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