Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State has disclosed plans to rebrand and reposition the institution for local and global competition.Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Joshua Ogunwole, dropped the hint while unveiling the activities for institution’s 13th convocation.He disclosed that 71 students made first class degrees, 329 had second-class upper division, another 329-recorded second-class lower, while 88 attained third class degrees.
42 students passed out from Medicine and Surgery, six had postgraduate diploma, 16 Masters degrees, while seven others bagged Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.As part of the activities, a convocation lecture entitled: “Tilted Tower: A Paradox of Nigeria’s Tertiary Institutions” would be delivered today by a renowned Professor of Chemistry and former Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Timothy Olagbemiro.
The VC added that two prominent Baptists, the former General Secretary of the Nigerian Baptist Convention and pioneer visitor to the university, Dr. Ademola Ishola, and the former Pro-Chancellor and chairman of the university Governing Council, Prof. Bisi Adebowale, would be honoured at the event. Ogunwole said the future of university in Nigeria rests in private hands, adding that Bowen University was committed to changing the failing model of public varsities.
He said: “Our academic staff have been engaging and advancing the frontiers of research to meet world- class research benchmarks, especially in globally relevant niche areas of renewable energy, food security, medicine, peace and conflict studies.“The university has equally made progress in the area of establishment of positive academic linkages, and the promotion of viable outreach programmes, both locally and overseas.