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AUST Records New Milestones With 93 Innovative Science & Engineering Graduates

Another record was broken as the African University of Science and Technology (AUST) graduated 93 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students who successfully completed the school’s post-graduate degree programs during its eight commencement ceremony held in Abuja recently.

 

The graduands came from 7 African countries, namely, Cotre Ivoire, Benin Republic, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. 82 received Master of Science degrees and 7 Doctor of Philosophy across five major disciplines, namely, Computer Science, Materials Science & Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Pure & Applied Mathematics and Theoretical and Applied Physics. One was a  recipient of the post-graduate diploma in Materials Science and Engineering, one in Theoretical and Applied Physics and two from the Pure and Applied Mathematics department respectively.

In his welcoming address, the Acting President of AUST, Professor Charles Ejike Chidume opined that some of the research work going on at AUST is directed to solving problems peculiar to the sub Saharan Africa region and charged the graduating students to ensure they help to solve Africa’s problem using science and technology through such research work like water purification, renewable energy, treatment of breast cancer using nano-technology, affordable building materials to mention but few.

This he said would go a long way to boost Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), now a widely accepted indicator of a country’s  and continental potential for economic development.

In his remarks, the  Chairman  of AUST Governing Council, Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe,  noted the important role played by various governmental and international development agencies, as well as the private sector in turning the dreams of these talented young Africans into reality through the numerous scholarships and supports given.

The Chair of the AUST Board of Trustees, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala  urged the graduating students to utilize the knowledge acquired in their various fields to add value to the African continent and the world at large.

She also urged them not to forget their alma mater but to give back to it in order to create more opportunities for other less privileged students in Africa to benefit.

The commencement speaker, Dr. Acha Leke, Founder, African Leadership Academy and Senior Partner and Chairman, Mckinsey Company, Johannesburg, urged the students to add virtuous character to the knowledge acquired, to learn to find happiness in what they do, in order to create happiness for others and become meaningful drivers of change and influencers in society, adding that a positive outlook is a prerequisite for happiness. He regaled his audience with serious statements, witty observations and some light humour.

Dr. Haruna Onuh,  on behalf of the university’s alumni doled out cash prizes to the best graduating students from the different streams.

The ceremony climaxed with the award of honours to some students who emerged tops in their respective fields of specialization, as follows:

 

 

  • Best Graduating Student in the Computer Science M.Sc. class of 2019

Njoku, Uchechukwu Fortune (Wiith a CGPA Of 3.80 out of a possible 4.0)

  • Best Graduating Student in the Petroleum Engineering M.Sc. class of 2019

Ganzallo, Foluke Jennifer (With a CGPA Of 3.83 out of a possible 4.0)

  • Best Graduating Student in the Theoretical and Applied Physics M.Sc. class of 2019

     Obadero, Abayomi Samuel  (With a CGPA of 3.78 out of a possible 4.0)

  • Best Graduating Student in the Materials Science and Engineering M.Sc. class of 2019

Uba , Chukwudalu Uchenna (With a CGPA OF 3.75 out of a possible 4.0)

  • Best Graduating Student in the Pure and Applied Mathematics M.Sc.  Class of 2019

Sani, Rahama Abdullahi ((With a CGPA OF 3.93 out of a possible 4.0)

  • Overall Best Graduating Student in the M.Sc. class of 2019

Sani, Rahama Abdullahi ((With a CGPA of 3.93 out of a possible 4.0)