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MOUAU churns out 96 first class agricultural graduates


Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia state has churned out 96 first-class agricultural graduates during the 9th convocation ceremony of the University over the weekend.

Out of 6,214 Bachelor’s Degrees, 96 graduated with first-class Honours, 1,826 made second class upper division while 2,935 obtained second class Lower division in various agricultural courses of the school.

 About 1,264 persons garnered third-class whereas 93 obtained pass.

Francis Ogbonnaya Otunta, professor of Mathematics, and the vice-chancellor of the University said a total of 788 graduated during the 2017/2018 session with higher degrees as follows: 142 obtained their Ph.D., 420 got MSc, 14 graduated with MBA and 71 made MEd while 141 received their PGE/PGDE degrees.

Otunta noted that MOUAU focuses on functional, sustainable, excellence-driven and productive research culture.

 He disclosed that the Institution was facing infrastructural and physical difficulties which were some of the hindrances to providing quality education for students.

 “There is, therefore, a crying need for a significant infusion of funds for upgrade of our physical environment, especially when it is realized that this University is among those that started with the disadvantage of not having a take-off grant from Federal government,” he said.

“Our internal roads are failing as a result of increased population on the campus and use of heavy vehicular equipment,” the vice-chancellor added.