Ajayi Crowther University (ACU), Oyo has offered automatic employment to its latest first class graduates wishing to pursue academic careers in the institution.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Dapo Asaju, disclosed this at the weekend while addressing reporters on on the institution’s 10th convocation ceremony.
On Friday, October 19, the private university, which is owned by the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), will confer bachelor and master’s degrees on a total of 626 students who successfully completed their programmes in the 2017/2018 session.
While 287 graduates will bag bachelor’s degree in various disciplines, 339 will receive master’s degrees. A total of 19 of the graduates finished with first class grade.
Asaju said anyone among them who wishes to pursue a career in academics at the institution would be offered automatic employment to encourage them and further enrich the institution’s faculty with brilliant, young scholars.
With the new graduates, ACU has produced a total of 4,065 bachelor’s degree holders and 621 master’s degree holders in the last 10 years.
The university will also confer honorary doctorate degree on former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan; American publisher of Unapologetic Bible Study, Mr Emmanuel Campouris; a retired justice of the Ogun State High Court, Babasola Ogunade and Insurance guru, Olabode Ogunlana.
Asaju said those to be honored have distinguished themselves in their contributions to the development of the Anglican Church and the society at large.
The Vice Chancellor also hinted that the institution was already thinking about starting Faculty of Medicine as part of its new 15-year academic brief having just exhausted the plan drawn at inception. The new brief will also include the study of Chinese language. He explained that the language has become the global language of commerce given the rise of China in technology and international trade.
On academic developments, Asaju disclosed that the National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the commencement of its Faculties of Engineering, Environmental Studies and Education. He pointed out that all its academic programmes currently have full NUC accreditation.