The Vice-Chancellor, Augustine University, Ilara, Epe, Lagos, Professor Christopher Odetunde, has said stakeholders in education should develop a holistic system that will stimulate national development.

Professor Odetunde made this known at the third convocation of the University on Thursday, December 2, 2021. “The primary responsibility of all tertiary institutions is to develop a holistic education for national development. In furtherance of the above, AUI has made grant-writing a condition precedent upon joining our faculty, while we also encourage collaborative and industry applicable research. “Our research goal is to produce deliverables that our nation’s industries can tap into. Our government should challenge researchers, considering the amount of funds our nation has expended on the educational sector since independence,” he said. While appreciating numerous development partners for their support for the institution, Prof. Odetunde solicited more assistance as  the school increases the number of     couses offered. 

The Visitor to the University, who is also the Archbishop of the Metropolitan See of Lagos, Most Rev. Dr Alfred A. Martins, charged the graduands to be the positive changes the country needs. “In Nigeria, we contend with a lot of challenges such as insecurity, hunger, poverty among others. But you are the positive changes we need. Go out there and be that positive change. You must assess the future that is ahead of you,” he said.

The Convocation Lecturer, Mr Edward Okpa, who spoke on the topic, “Attaining your dreams: What is your PHD”, said passion, hard work and dedication were important to making it in life.

The University graduated a record number of 45 students. Mr. Alinna Kingsley of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies was the Overall Best Graduating student with CGPA of 4.79.  

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