No fewer than 160 students of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) will be graduating with First Class in FUTA this month.
FUTA Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Fuwape made this known on Friday in Akure at a news briefing ahead of the school’s 32nd convocation and the 40th anniversary of the university taking place from Nov. 26 and 27, 2021.
Fuwape, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Phillip Oguntunde, said that out of 5,114 graduands, 3,205 are in the undergraduates’ category while 1,909 are in the post-graduate category.
According to him, 1,334 students have Second Class Honours (Upper Division), 1,483 students have Second Class Honours (Lower Division) while 222 and six students are graduating with Third Class and Pass, respectively.
The vice-chancellor noted that Miss Taiwo Oluyale of the Department of Building is the best graduating student with a CGPA of 4.89.
He said the institution which started in 1981 with 149 students and three schools now has 25,000 students, nine schools, a school of postgraduate studies, and 55 departments.
Fuwape noted that FUTA had fully commenced its medical programme with the commencement of lecture by the pioneering students of the College of Health Sciences on Oct. 24.
He explained that the institution had duly justified the reasons for its establishment, saying that it had contributed to human capital development in the country and beyond.
The vice-chancellor disclosed that the institution would bestow honorary doctorates on three Nigerians on Saturday for their outstanding contributions to the society.
“I am pleased to inform you that the university will confer honorary doctorate degree on Chief Adebimpe Aladejana-Ogunleye of the Obajimo Osupa Dynasty of Akure Kingdom. He is to be honoured with a Doctor of Science degree.
“Dr. Haroun Adamu to be honoured with Doctor of Management Science and Dr Ephraim Fagba Faloughi will be honoured with Doctor of Management Science,” he said.
Fuwape said that three eminent three scholars would be honoured with the position of Professor Emeritus in recognition of their contributions to the academia.
“For the first time in the history of the university, three eminent scholars will be recognised as professors emeritus.
“They are Prof. Ekundayo Adeyemi, former Acting Vice-Chancellor of FUTA; Prof. Olugboyega Ademosun, former Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Prof. Oluwole Falaki, Pioneer Prof. of Computer Science in the university,” he stated.
The Vice Chancellor said that the convocation and the 40th-anniversary lecture titled “Innovation, Technology and Prospects of Prosperity for Posterity in Nigeria” will be delivered by Prof. Pat Utomi of the Lagos Business School.