PRESSID: Covenant University’s First Class Graduates Tops Again
For the second time running, First Class graduates of Covenant University have emerged tops in the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID) with 19 out of 200 candidates.
This was revealed by the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Julius Okojie OON, on Thursday, January 9, 2014 and contained in the Commission’s Monday Memo of January 13, 2014.
Professor Okojie was quoted as saying that the outcome of the aptitude test for First Class graduates of Nigerian universities for sponsorship to 25 top universities in the world, under the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID), which was in its second phase, showed that Covenant University, Ota emerged as overall best with 19, out of the 200, that would benefit in the current year.
He noted further that this feat, which Covenant University also achieved in the maiden edition of the scheme, meant that the University was moving on the fast lane in the production of quality graduates in the Nigerian University System (NUS) and attributed this to the University’s programmes being target-driven and the extensive use of ICT in the teaching and learning process.
The Executive Secretary advised that the Federal Government should consider giving corresponding conditions and expectations to derive from the universities any time funds were released to them, as is the norm in other societies.
It will be recalled that Covenant University’s First Class graduates came tops at the maiden edition of the scheme, producing 10 out of the 101 candidates that were selected in the final aptitude test for PRESSID.
In his response to the cheering news, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, said the feat was a validation of the University’s efforts in producing qualitative graduates for the global community. He reiterated the University’s confidence in the quality of its First Class degree graduates, being absolutely sure of their worth and pedigree.
He appreciated God for always confirming His vision with infallible proofs and expressed optimism that the University would in no distance future be ranked among the top ten universities in the world, in fulfillment of the prophesy that has gone before it .