Vice Chancellor of the Redeemers University (RUN) Ede in Osun state, Prof Debo Adeyewa, on Monday called on the Federal Government to support private universities by providing incentives that would aid the acceleration of research and development.
Professor Adeyewa said this at the Pre-Convocation Press Briefing on the activities of the institution’s 8th convocation ceremony slated for September 8, 2016 in Ede, Osun State.
The Vice Chancellor disclosed that the 2016 graduating set, christened “The Chosen Generation” had the largest set so far in the history of RUN with about 619 persons graduating.
Of the 619, 25 graduated with First Class honours (4.0%), 207 had Second Class Upper Division (33.4 %) while 290 graduated with Second Class Lower Division (46.8%). Some 97 others (15.7 %) fall into the third class.
He further said ‘The Chosen Generation’ is unique for being the first to register online and to use computer based testing procedure for the Post -UTME Screening.
“Also, scripturally the number eight signifies new beginning. As the eighth set of matriculating students in RUN, the set was therefore a pointer to a new beginning for the University,” he said.
Professor Adeyewa added that with Redeemers University, the possibilities of excellence were endless just as over a decade of the university’s existence had demonstrated.
“With the contribution of private universities to the growth and wellbeing of our dear country, there is a need for government to provide incentives, single digit interest loans and access to funds that would aid the acceleration of research and development.
“This way Government would be discouraging education tourism that has helped institutions overseas to flourish with billions of dollars frittered away each year at the expense of burgeoning home institutions,” he said.
He went on to say “come Thursday, September 8, 2016, the university will be achieving another milestone as it will be graduating her first set of doctoral students.
“Furthermore, General Theophilus Danjuma (Rtd) will be installed as the second chancellor of the university to succeed Emeritus Professor Teenage Tamuno, the pioneer chancellor, who passed on over a year ago.”