The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (UNN) will on Friday, January 27, at its 46th convocation ceremony graduate a total of 12,448 students.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba, disclosed this on Monday at a press conference to commence activities for the graduation ceremony.
He said that the University will also honour Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church, RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Engineer Emeka Okwuosa and Engineer John Obinna Chukwu.
Giving the breakdown of the graduating students, the Vice Chancellor said that 10, 425 students would be awarded first degrees and diploma certificates, while 2,023 bags postgraduate diploma, Masters degree and Doctors of Philosophy degrees.
Also, he said 94 students got 1st class honours; 3,098, 2nd class Upper; 5,145, 2nd class Lower; 1,653, 3rd class; 121 Pass; unclassified 314 and diploma, 93.
According to Ozumba, in keeping with the tradition of the university, three eminent Nigerians to be conferred with honourary doctorate degrees were selected based on their laudable contributions to the development of the society.
“We will also confer the title of Professor Emeritus on seven of our renowned professors who have served the university meritoriously”, he said.
According to Prof. Ozumba, UNN is number one among universities in Nigeria.
“We are at the moment ranked number one in the WEBOMETRICS in the 2016 global ranking of universities and posited that the: “Having retained that enviable position consecutively for three rankings, we now consider it our birthright to remain at the top and we are not ready to abdicate that position anytime soon. Our gaze is now fixed on the number one position in Africa and we are upbeat about it,” Ozumba boasts.
He used the occasion to emphasise that staff welfare is uppermost in his administration, saying that they ensure that the university workers are paid their salaries promptly as well as promote them when they are due for promotion.
“It may interest you to know that within the past two years, over 75 senior lecturers have been promoted to professors. This is unprecedented,” he points out.