The Edo State University, Uzairue, last weekend matriculated 1,245 students who met the condition for admission criteria for the 2023/2024 academic session.

Speaking at the 9th matriculation ceremony at Iyamho, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Engr. Professor Emmanuel Aluyor, charged the newly admitted students to adhere to the university’s regulations and contribute responsibly to the institution.

“Dear Matriculants, approach your studies with dedication and make full use of the state-of-the-art technological equipment and ICT facilities available for your academic advancement. Embark on a studious academic journey, making the serene environment of Edo State University Uzairue your conducive home for success,” Prof Aluyor charged.

He said the University, in partnership with the Edo State government, is devoted to consistently providing world-class teaching and research facilities, saying over the past eight years, the school, from a humble beginning with three Faculties and eight programmes, Edo State University Uzairue has grown to encompass nine faculties with over 30 undergraduate programmes.

He said all the programmes offered at the institution have been accredited and approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and other the relevant professional bodies.

The vice chancellor said the College of Post Graduate Studies of the institution stands out for its successtul programmes, encompassing PGD, Masters, MBA, MPA, Mphil, and Ph.D across different faculties.

“Having graduated five sets of students, our accreditation processes have consistently yielded impressive grades. With the lowest recorded score being 78.5 percent,” he said.

He explained that through partnerships with international universities such as Worcester State University, USA, and the University of Sunderland, UK, students benefit from valuable opportunities to engage in exchange programmes.

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“The establishment of the institution Teaching Hospital with the support of the State Government marks a significant stride, enhancing our facilities for medical students’ training,” he said, noting that the institution runs uninterrupted academic calendar leading to its recognition as the best university in the South-South geo-political zone, second Best State University in the country, and 10 Best University in Nigeria by the NUC System Ranking 2022.

“Edo State University is the first in West Africa to adopt the CANVAS Learning Management System, used by over 70 percent of lvy League Universities globally,” he said, “it is the first to acquire the Anatomage table and low and high fidelity Manikins (Simman 3g), which enables the simulation of different scenarios for the training of Medical and Nursing Students.”

He said the institution places premium on discipline and adherence to the approved academic calendar, with a commitment to addressing any instances of errant behaviour.

He however called on well meaning individuals and corporate organisations to generously contribute prizes for students of the institution who demonstrate excellence in their respective fields.

In his goodwill message, a member of the Edo State House of Assembly, Hon. Inegbebor O. Eugene, advised the students to be serious with their academic pursuit and make their parents proud by graduating with good grades.

“The university is not a place to come to waste your time but to improve yourself. It is not all about getting the certificate but about going through the university and allow the institution to go through you,” he said.

He advised the students not to disappoint their parents by focusing on their studies and make the best use of the opportunity to graduate with good grades, stating that he will discuss with the Hon. Speaker, Rt. Hon. Blessing Agbebaku to see how Edo State House of Assembly could institute a prize for the best graduating student in the university.