The Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State during the 25th convocation ceremony of the university has graduated 34 first class graduates.
The University hereby mapped out new strategy in encouraging research work among its students.
This is one of the key and strategic action plans of the university as revealed by the vice chancellor, Prof Musbau Akanji during the convocation ceremony.
The vice chancellor explained that a total of 2,787 was awarded first degree, 220 post graduate diplomas, 404 master’s degree and 34 doctorate degrees. The 34 first class degree is as against 32, awarded in the last year’s convocation.
While giving the analysis of the grading of the first degree graduates, Akanji stated that the 733 graduated with second class upper, 1308 with second class lower, 638 with third class and 74 with pass degree and that those graduating were from eight schools and three affiliated colleges of the university.
Prof Akanji harped on the desire of the university to encourage research among students; researches that have direct bearing on solving societal scientific and technological problems and produce graduates who are useful to the society.
He stated that the university was ensuring that all the final year students target their individual projects at solving a particular teething human problems.
This, he noted will help in identifying the budding inventors among the graduates of the university .
The vice chancellor stated that this vision was based on the philosophy that earning a degree was not an end in itself but a means to unleashing the immense potentials dominant in human spirit.
He told the graduands that “We have imbued in you basic entrepreneurial skills that will always come handy by imbibing this entrepreneurial spirit. Rather than wait for an elusive white collar job, our graduates would have used their degree to serve themselves and humanity”
He added that “as from this academic session, we are ensuring that all our final year students concretely target their individual final year projects at solving particular human problems.”
In achieving this vision, Akanji said that the university would be instituting an annual school wide competition that is intended to stimulate research and identifying budding inventors as a mark of differentiation and a strategy to sustain the academic reputation of the school as a leading research inclined university.
“Don’t forget that our staff led the pack in the TETFund institution based research intervention grant. I am sure the National Communication Commission (NCC) will also attest to the fact that we are the university to beat in research efforts.”
He added that recent records showed that out of 37 research proposals received by the commission across the country 13 were selected and six of the 13 selected were from FUT Minna.
Akanji stated that it was an indication that the university has being winning scholarly research engagements from national and international agencies hence the university based on the latest ranking by webometric is 11th in Nigeria and 91st in Africa.
While disclosing that the 4ICU (an international ranking group) ranked the university 7th in Nigeria and 64th in Africa, he stated that the university has established linkages with international institutions to achieve excellence.
The chancellor of the University, Eze Eberechi Dick, ( Eze Udo 1 of Mgboko Ngwa Amaise Autonomous Community) and chairman, Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers stated that the university will continue to remain committed to meeting the manpower needs of the country in the areas of science and technology.
President Muhammadu Buhari who is the visitor to the university said “No doubt this gathering signifies hope and promise; it signifies hope and promise because you, our youths are vibrant , energetic and creative citizens, you are the greatest resource and pillar of this country.”
Represented by the director of Technology and Science Education at the Federal Ministry of Education, Chenga Gandy, Buhari noted that the real test of a university’s standing is in how many of their products are impacting positively on the society and that the universities in Nigeria should preoccupy themselves with the training of graduates that will help to positively have impact on the society.
He added that “I want you to see your certificates not as meal tickets but as testimony to your character and ability to make the society a better place.”
The position of the president is in line with the new vision of the vice chancellor to strategise and bring about competitiveness in research activities in the university.
Source : Leadership
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