The management of the University on Monday, reeled out the achievements of the institution as prelude to the 46th, 47th Convocation and 51st Founders’ Day and Golden Jubilee Awards Ceremonies.
Briefing journalists on Monday, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Lilian Salami, said the institution has “introduced a method whereby certificates of graduands are available for collection right right from the day of the Convocation”.
She said a total of 8,996 students who have been certified in learning and character, will graduate in the 2018/2019 academic session while 8,521 students made the list of 2019/2020 graduands in the combined Convocation, which begins on November 22, 2021.
Prof. Lilian added that 125 students bagged First Class honours in the 2018/2019 academic session while 157 graduands made First Class honours in the 2019/2020 academic year.
The Vice Chancellor also disclosed that the institution has introduced the blended teaching methods through e-learning and physical teaching processes as a fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to her, “To achieve that, a Directorate of Quality Assurance had been established to standardize academic activities and ensure quality service delivery across all academic programmes in the University”.
She noted that no student of the school lost out any year during the period of economic lockdown through the advancement of Information Communication Technology, ICT and increased virtual interaction that had been introduced in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to her, “To this end, a lot of efforts and resources have been channeled to acquire state-of-the-art facilities and to upgrade the ICU/CRPU Unit, paying special attention to e-learning, to ensure that lecturers and students benefit from a seamless and flexible process” for teaching and learning.
She explained that the innovation has produced a spin-off and laid to rest the challenging issues surrounding the processing of transcript, following the deployment of software to all departments and Faculties for transcript processing.
“Application is now on-line and it is expected that in less than one week, the process can be concluded and transcript dispatched, except in cases where information required have not been adequately supplied by the student. Gladly also, the University’s Senate recently approved students copy-transcript as part of the innovations”.
She explained further that the National Universities Commission, (NUC) has introduced new programmes into the University, bringing the total number of fully accredited programmes to 106, which scored above 85 percent NUC ranking while 12 others are been awaited by the University in the year under review.
The five new programmes include Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Psychology. The other three Post Graduate programmes are M.Sc Maternal and Child Health Nursing, M.Phil Maternal and Child Health Nursing and PhD Maternal and Child Health Nursing.
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