One hundred and four graduates of Covenant University ( CU ) , Ota , Ogun State will receive First Class degrees in various disciplines at the its 10th convocation tomorrow .
This represents 7 .91 per cent of those convocating.
The university will also launch its maiden Industry Partnership Luncheon today .
Of the 1315 graduates , 610 ( 46 . 39 per cent) will be awarded Second Class ( upper division ) , 510 will receive Second Class ( lower division ) , while 91 are in third class category .
CU will be graduating 18 PhDs , 109 Masters of Science and seven Post Graduate Diplomas.
Speaking at a pre -convocation news conference at the university ’s ALDC auditorium yesterday, its Vice -Chancellor, Prof Charles Ayo, told reporters that the record of 104 First Class graduates was an improvement over the 82 First Class graduates at the last convocation.
Ayo said: “The university , through CUCRID, has established 21 active research clusters and recorded research breakthroughs and products from agricultural produce, non -fuel powered automobile, e -governance, intelligent security system for crime detection and tracking devices, malaria research and alternative low energy cooling devices .”
He added : “Covenant University is hosting captains of industry with the general objective of harmonising industry/ academic partnership for national development. This is a strategic approach to finding lasting solutions to the challenges of quality education and nation building.
“At CU , we realise that sectional discourse will not do much beyond highlighting the problems and proffer theoretical solutions.
We are out to champion this change hence the involvement of the industry in a collaborative parley to translate research findings into products and to make our graduates aware of the real industry situations and focus their interest in assisting the industry in improving products and services .”
The Vice -chancellor added that the university, which is now 13 years -old , first opened its doors to 1500 new students in October 21 , 2002, with a vision to effect transformation in the education sector .
Also at the news conference were : Deputy Vice -chancellor Prof Taiwo Abioye , the Registrar , Dr Olumiya Oludayo; Director Centre for Learning Resources , Dr Chris Nkiko ; and Director, Financial Services , Pastor Deji Okubanjo.
Others are : the Director, Planning and Physical Development, Mr Gbenga Alalade, and Dean, Students Affairs , Mr Azubuike Ezenwoke .