The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), has once again demonstrated its commitment to academic excellence. In a recent announcement by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Kehinde, it was revealed that 122 students have achieved First Class honors in the upcoming 31st convocation ceremony of the institution. This milestone marks a significant achievement for the university and its students.
A Deep Dive into the Convocation Achievements
During a news conference at the university’s premises in Abeokuta, Prof. Kehinde highlighted the outstanding achievements of the students. Apart from the 122 first-class honors, a considerable number of students have excelled in other categories. Specifically, 1,540 students have secured Second Class honors (Upper Division), 1,705 with Second Class (Lower Division), and 187 have attained Third Class honors.
Beyond Undergraduate Success: Postgraduate Achievements
The Vice-Chancellor also emphasized the university’s success at the postgraduate level. A noteworthy 138 students have completed their Master’s degrees, while 48 have been awarded Doctoral degrees. This comprehensive success across various levels of higher education underlines FUNAAB’s role as a leading institution in academic rigor and research.
The Total Graduating Cohort
In total, the convocation, scheduled for Saturday, will see 3,574 students graduating. This figure represents not just the academic success of individuals but also the collective triumph of the university in nurturing well-rounded graduates. These students are a testament to FUNAAB’s dedication to teaching, research, and community engagement.
FUNAAB’s Commitment to Excellence and Innovation
Professor Kehinde proudly stated that FUNAAB has been consistently focusing on teaching, research, and engaging with the community. This tripartite approach has been pivotal in producing what he describes as “well-baked” graduates.
The university’s collaborative efforts have also been noteworthy. Collaborating with over 35 agencies, FUNAAB has positioned itself as a key player in advancing educational and research pursuits. These collaborations have significantly contributed to the university being adjudged the best university of agriculture in Africa and the seventh best in the world. This ranking is not only a feather in the cap of FUNAAB but also a significant contribution to the nation’s food security efforts.
Launching New Academic Programs
In an exciting development, Prof. Kehinde announced the introduction of eight new academic programs, currently awaiting approval from the National Universities Commission (NUC). These programs, focusing on cutting-edge areas like Data Science, System Engineering, Cyber Security, and Information Technology, reflect the university’s commitment to staying abreast of global educational trends and technological advancements.
Honoring Distinguished Personalities
The convocation ceremony will also be an occasion to honor notable figures. Prof. Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and Mr Fola Adeola, Co-founder of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), are set to receive accolades for their contributions. This gesture underscores the university’s recognition of excellence and leadership beyond its academic boundaries.
In summary, as FUNAAB gears up for its 31st convocation, it stands as a beacon of academic excellence, innovation, and community engagement. The achievements of its students and the institution’s forward-thinking approach are commendable and set a benchmark for other universities to follow.
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