By James Sowole in Akure

Eighteen out of 131 students that would be awarded First Degree during the Third Convocation of Elizade University, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State made First Class.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Olukayode Amund, disclosed this at a news briefing on the Third Convocation Ceremony of the institution founded by Chief Ade Ojo.

Amund, who was flanked by other principal officers of the university, said 73 other students made Second Class Upper Division, 35 made Second Class Lowe Division while five others made Third Class.

The Vice Chancellor said the university, which had five faculties has all its 30 programmes fully accredited by the National University Commission (NUC) and professional bodies.

He said new courses in Basic Medical Sciences, Social Sciences and other areas would be introduced from next session by the institution.

Specifically, Amund said the university would start courses including Nursing, Anatomy, Physiology, Political Science, Sociology and Cyber Security from next session.

He said the university’s law programme was highly subscribed adding that the institution emerged the overall best in the National Law Students Debate that was held at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.

Other achievements recorded by the university according to the vice chancellor include winning of research grants running into million of naira.

Giving the highlights of the convocation ceremony, the vice chancellor disclosed that the institution’s convocation lecture would be delivered on Wednesday, April 24, 2018.

The lecture entitled “The Nigerian University System and the Challenge of Internationalisation” would be delivered by Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Mrs Ibukun Awosika.

He said the award of First Degree of the institution would take place on Thursday, April 25 at the university event centre.