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    Thursday, 19 May 2016

    LASU graduates can compete favourably anywhere in the world- VC

    The Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Prof. ‘Lanre Fagbohun, on Thursday, affirmed that graduates of the institution can compete favourably anywhere in the world. Professor Fagbohun, who spoke at a press conference to herald activities of the university’s 20th Convocation, where no fewer than 17, 695 graduands would be graduating, said the university has continued to put every elements of excellence in place, in terms of quality learning, researches and infrastructures to ensure that students are well baked to compete anywhere in the world. L-R: Bursar, Lagos State University, Hassan Adetayo; Vice Chancellor, Prof. ‘Lanre Fagbohun and Registrar, Akinwunmi Lewis, during the 20th Convocation Press Conference, at the Senate Chambers of the university, on Thursday, May 19, 2016. According to the Vice Chancellor, “The focus of our administration is on cultivating innovation, critical thinking and the realization of global citizenship. We have been working, hand-in-hand, with other critical stakeholders to achieve these. LASU as a part of the world cannot be indifferent to the never-ending competitions among institutions across the globe. This is one of the reasons why we have made this 20th Convocation ceremony a priority. “You will agree with me that the university has since distinguished herself in the comity of universities in Nigeria, with ground breaking academic researches, trainings and production of quality human capital. A particular case worth mentioning is that of 26-year-old Aderomola Adeola, a graduate of the university who recently bagged a Ph.D from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Little wonder, LASU remains the University of choice in Nigeria. Our projection, however, is to be among the first 100 rated universities on the African continent in no distant future.” Fagbohun, who however thanked the Governor of Lagos State and Visitor to the University, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for his huge support to the institution in terms of provision of infrastructural facelift, among others, revealed that Ambode, would be commissioning three projects during the convocation ceremony, on Thursday, May 26, 2016. He listed the projects as the N1.068billion Faculty of Science building, the N40 million LASU Radio station,  95.7FM and the Faculty of Law Twin Lecture Theatre. He also said that on Governor Ambode’s order, the school’s road and drainage networks have been rehabilitated, adding that the lighting up of the university in line with Ambode’s Light-up Lagos project is in progress. However, announcing the events for the convocation, Prof. Fagbohun said: “There will be a Jumat Service on Friday, May 20 at the University Mosque; Special Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, May 22, at the University Chapel; Cococut Breaking Festival on Monday, May 23 at the Badagry Gate Entrance of the university, as well as a Command Performance by the Department of Theatre Arts and Music and Convocation Play titled: Eni’ Ayan (The Choosen) written and choreographed by Yeside Dosunmu-Lawal, at the University Auditorium Complex. He added that “there will be a Convocation Lecture at the University Auditorium Complex, on Tuesday, May 24, entitled, ‘Empowering African Languages for Socio-Cultural and Economic Development in the 21st Century. A Case for our Languages at Home and Abroad,’ to be delivered by Prof. Akinloye Ojo, a Professor of Comparative Literature and Director, African Studies Institute, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia. “The Award of First Degrees and Diplomas in all Faculties would hold at the University Auditorium Complex on Wednesday, May 25, while the Installation of Chancellor and Award of Higher Degrees would hold on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at the University Auditorium Complex.” However giving the breakdown of graduands, the Vice Chancellor said: “The Full Time programme had 6, 241, where seven bagged First Class, 1,040 bagged Second Class (Upper Division), 3,271 bagged Second Class (Lower Division), 1,575 had Third Class and 206 had Pass. For the External System, 8,784 would be graduating, where One bagged First Class, 1,016 bagged Second Class (Upper Division), 6,990 bagged Second Class (Lower Division), 767 had Third Class and 10 had Pass. “There are 173 Diplomas graduands, where five had Distinction, 44 had Upper Credit, 72 had Lower Credit, 10 had Credit, 11 had Merit and 31 had Pass. For the Higher Degrees, 2, 497 graduands would be convoked.” Pointing that LASU was witnessing a positive turn around, Prof. Fagbohun said in the last four months in office, the administration has been able to develop five strategic imperatives “which have been restoration of peace to this great institution; to foster high-level scholarship and create new knowledge; to consolidate on our previous gains; to create an environment that will enable us attract funds to meet implementation of our programmes and activities to make our institution a valued partner to the Lagos State Government, the Nigerian nation and the international community.”

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