From Victor Duruamaku, Owerri
A total of 2,848 students on Tuesday graduated from the Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) out of which 62 bagged first class honours and 867 merited second class upper division.
The Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Professor Francis Eze disclosed this at a pre-convocation press briefing in Owerri Tuesday, pointing out that this is the highest number of first class degrees to be awarded since the life of the university.
According to him, the success of his administration followed a Mantra of driving the culture of Excellence, he had installed innovative policies and initiatives aimed at improving teaching, learning and research, citing the establishment of Information Technology programmes, expanded Research Enterprise, attraction of 2 world Bank sponsored Centres of Excellence as classical examples.
Aside this, the FUTO boss said that the institution had developed the sexual harassment policy now being considered by the governing council.
This, he argued became necessary following the recent national outcry on cases of sexual harassment at the nation’s universities The document, he said spells out what constitutes sexual harassment as well as appropriate sanctions for same.
“In the same vein, Anti Plagiarism Policy and university research policy have been developed and are awaiting approvals of the senate and council so as to promote and maintain academic standards and protect intellectual work and property”.
Additionally, Eze said that the university was among the six Federal Universities selected to host the World Bank sponsored Centre of Excellence in sustainable procurement, environment and Social
Standards Enhancement, stating that the centre which worth over & 11 million when fully operational would champion research and development of manpower in procurement, environment and social awards.
The Vice Chancellor who congratulated the graduating students on the successful completion of their studies added that the new centre of Excellence came on board barely few months after the University was selected as Africa’s Centre of Excellence in Future Energies and Electro-Chemical Systems.
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