By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete has produced 32 First Class graduates out of a total of 1,010 graduating students in its fifth graduation year.
Speaking with journalists in Malete on Wednesday, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Abdulrasheed Na’Allah, added that 496 graduates bagged Second Class Upper, 376 graduates had Second Class Lower, while 64 graduates were awarded Third Class.
Professor Na Allah explained that the high number of First Class graduates was occasioned by quality academic learning and environment, saying that some HND graduates who pursued university degrees were among the graduates.
The Vice Chancellor, who said that the University had become the first institution in the Nigeria to be accredited and approved to award degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering by the National University Commission (NUC), said that the accreditation would lead to further development and growth in the country.
He also said that the commencement of the course in the university would soon lead to establishment of Space Research Centre on the campus, adding that it would help the country in aviation, engineering building and design.
Professor Na’Allah said that the University had sustained quality education and research despite increase in number of students and effects of global recession on its activities.
He said that a total of N11.7 million was approved and presented to members of academic staff as grants and funds to pursue research in such areas as environmental science, Shea butter tree, organic fertilizer, cowpea varieties, Miringa for fertilizer among other areas.
The Vice Chancellor, who also said that the convocation lecture would be delivered by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja I, on Friday, added that the royal father would talk on Practical Entrepreneurship: Leeway to Nigeria Economic Recovery and Growth.