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AUST Achieves New Milestones With 110 Innovative Science & Engineering Graduates

Breaking its own record, the African University of Science and Technology (AUST) graduated 110 M.Sc. and Ph.D. students who successfully completed the school’s post-graduate degree programs during its seventh commencement ceremony held in Abuja recently.

The graduands came from 7 African countries, namely, Benin Republic, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. 101 received Master of Science degrees and 8 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 the recipient of a post-graduate diploma in Petroleum Engineering. This was the largest single cohort of M.Sc. graduates in the university’s short 10-year history. In that same history-making vein, the university also graduated its first-ever Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics and the first Ph.D. in Computer Science, in fact, this first crop comprises 3 Ph.Ds in Computer Science.

In his welcoming address, the President of AUST, Professor Kingston Nyamapfene opined that Science, Technology and Innovation hold the key to Africa’s transformation, urging African countries to develop institutional capacity by investing substantially in high-quality programs in Science and Engineering and establishing well-equipped laboratories, state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities and ICT infrastructure. This would go a long way to boost Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), now a widely accepted indicator of a country’s potential for economic development.

In his remarks, the Vice Chair of AUST Board, Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, who represented the Board Chair, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, 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. “All those graduating here today were able to achieve their dreams without spending a single kobo, as they were all on full scholarships”, he noted. He 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.

The commencement speaker, Mr. Egbert Ulogo Imomoh (Hon. D.Sc.), Chairman of InvestmentOne, 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.

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 2017,

Ezema Obinwanne Abraham, with a CGPA of 3.62/4 

  • Best graduating student in Petroleum Engineering, M.Sc class of 2017

Falola, Ajibola Yusuf, with a CGPA of 3.75/4,

  • Best graduating student in Pure & Applied Mathematics M.Sc class of 2017 

Okereke, Lois Chinwendu  with a CPGA of 3.75/4

  • Best in the Best in Theoretical and Applied Physics, M.Sc class of 2017

Isah, Muhammad Maikudi with a CGPA of 3.80/4

  • Best graduating student in the Materials Science and Engineering M.Sc class of 2017

Ridwan Adesoye, with a CGPA of 3.90/4 (Overall graduating student in the Class of 2017)