The management of University of Benin on Tuesday said that no fewer than 118 graduands of the university would be awarded with first class degrees at its 39th and 40th convocation and Founder's Day ceremonies.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Godwin Oshodin, who disclosed this to journalists in Benin, said that out of a total of 19,472 graduands from the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 academic sessions, 16,076 would bag first degrees while 130 would be awarded with doctorate degrees.
The award of certificates, diplomas and first degrees, which would hold on November 20, would be proceeded by a convocation lecture to be delivered by the Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University, Professor Mark Smith.
Professor Oshodin said that nine recently completed projects, including the university bookshop and a 500-capacity lecture theatre for the faculty of management sciences, would be commissioned during the week of the ceremonies.
Oshodin, whose tenure would end on November 30, explained that no fewer than 4,000 person were employed by the university with prompt staff remuneration, while about 25 new projects were ongoing, some of which were funded through internally generated revenue.
"Suffice it to say that up till this moment a total of 91 new projects have been executed. This is outside the massive renovation and purchase of equipment that have been carried out," he added.
While commending the support of the federal government and other stakeholders, the Vice-Chancellor also solicited more funding for research and human development.
looking at now from all angles, it appears that the rate of academic excellence in the country is now now taking some new turns. A good one indeed!