On Thursday, the Vice-Chancellor of Osun State University; Professor Labode Popoola, revealed that the university would bestow first degrees on a total of 1814 graduands during her 8th convocation ceremony for 2019.
According to him, only 49 made first-class honour division, representing 2.7% of the aggregate number, while 670 made second class upper, 892 had second class lower division, while 192 and 9 graduands had third class and pass respectively.
The VC affirmed that the school through the establishment of Global Affairs and Sustainable Development Institute (GASDI) would be a veritable instrument wielded in addressing issues of sustainable development in innovative ways across Africa.
This he stated during a press conference held in Osogbo, the state’s capital, before the convocation ceremony and conferment of awards and honorary degrees.
“Gentlemen of the press, we are working assiduously to fulfill our mission of creating a unique institution, committed to the pursuit of academic innovation, skilled-based training and a tradition of excellence in teaching, research and community service.
“We have in the previous year deployed series of success-driven techniques that have continued to yield positive results as evident in our numerous achievements.
“Part of our success stories that have dominated the news in recent times is the establishment of the Global Affairs and Sustainable Development Institute (GASDI), which was approved by the Senate of Osun State University in October, 2018 with a mandate to address issues of sustainable development in unique and innovative ways that can fast-track the attainment of SDGs.
“I am glad to tell you now that the institute is now becoming a centre of excellence in postgraduate teaching, research, and societal development in all areas of sustainable development.
“We have continued to build the capacity of our staff through local and international training. It may interest you to know that in the course of the session, about 150 members of staff were funded to attend conferences, workshops and courses”, the VC said.