Bingham University Nasarawa has matriculated 1,980 undergraduate and postgraduate students for the 2021/2022 academic session.
The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Williams Qurix, administered the oath of matriculation on the students at the 17th matriculation ceremony for the 2021/2022 academic session in Nasarawa on Thursday.
The VC advised them to desist from activities inimical to their future.
Qurix said the university had continued to pursue excellence in all facets, in line with its visions to become a world class institution in knowledge and skills, while inculcating moral and spiritual values.
He said that this development had made the university to be ranked 47th from the recently released ranking of Nigerian universities by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
He said the university had put in place opportunities for self- development of the students.
He called in the students to keep to the vision and mission of the university, as this was the only way to come out clearly in excellence, skills and self- reliance.
Qurix said the school had also created platform to ensure zero tolerance for cultism through the development of general courses that had been tailored to teach spiritual wellbeing and development of the students.
He said the university introduced a fee discount of 40 per cent to indigent students to enable students in this category complete their academics.
“Last year, the university matriculated 3,377 undergraduate and 387 postgraduate students for the 2020/2021 academic session.
“It may interest you to know that a total of 4,560 candidates applied to the university this year, out of this number, a total of 1,560 were granted admission to study various courses.
“In the same vein, 420 postgraduate students in various programmes are matriculated. This brings to total the number of matriculating students at 1,980,” he said.
The vice-chancellor also advised parents and guardians to always keep “close eyes’’ on their children and wards to nurture them probably, saying it was a collective responsibility.
On infrastructure and facilities, he said the university had built new hostels to add to the existing ones due to the increase in the number of students admitted.
On research, Qurix said the university had continued to collaborate with reputable international and local Institutions to boost the drive for research and development.
He listed the institutions as Sumy State University, Ukraine, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) UK, University of Wolverhampton UK, the Global Studio for African Centred Architecture and the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute, among others.
Prof. Andrew Zamani, the Director, Institute of Governance and Development Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, urged the students to do what matters, productive and beneficial to them.
Zamani also advised the students to eschew laziness but live a God-centred life and commit themselves to their studies and the diverse learning opportunities offered by the university.
Miss Divine Okorafor, one of the matriculated students, who expressed joy over the ceremony, promised to abide by the school’s mission and vision, “and come out excellent’’ in his studies.
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