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  • 2019-09-13 10:24:47

RESPECT YOUR SOCIO-CULTURAL DIFFERENCES, VC CHARGES POST-GRADUATE STUDENTS

Newly admitted Post-Graduate Students of the University of Calabar have been charged to respect and appreciate their socio-cultural and religious differences in order to ensure lasting peace and unity amongst them. The Vice Chancellor of the Institution, Prof Zana Akpagu gave the charge at the Conference hall of the Centre for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE) during the 2018/2019 orientation exercise for newly admitted Postgraduate Students. Represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof. Mrs. Lucy Udida, the Vice Chancellor said their admission into the institution has opened a new chapter in their life, saying that success can only be achieved in an environment devoid of rancor. While assuring the newly admitted students of a conducive learning environment, he urged them to justify why they were selected among many others who applied by taking their studies seriously. In his words, ‘’ your arrival marks a new chapter in your life. You are going to write your own history and justify why you are being selected among the lot. ‘’You have lots of responsibilities one of which is to attend lectures and do you assignments because it is only when you do this that you can justify your roles as students. ‘’ It is also very important for you to respect and appreciate your socio-cultural and religious differences because it will enable you live in peace and work together ‘’ This came as he called on them to close ranks and work with Deans and lecturers in order to achieve their desired results. Prof. Akpagu who was the Chairman of the occasion also urged the students to use their time judiciously, cautioning them against engaging in acts that are inimical to their success. He added, ‘’ The University is preparing you for global competition and at the end you will become ambassadors of the institution’’ Earlier, the Dean of Graduate School, Prof. Arikpo Arikpo disclosed that out of 2,350 persons that applied for various Postgraduate programmes, 2,255 were admitted. Prof. Arikpo said the Graduate School is well positioned to help the students achieve their dreams, even as he assured that lecturers are ready to give their best in terms of effective teaching. According to him, the Management of the institution has put modalities in place to ensure that students graduate as and when due. The Dean said, ‘’Management of the Institution has set up a committee to make sure that all students who have been admitted have a conducive learning environment. We have also put modalities in place to ensure that no student would be delayed unnecessarily’’ The University Librarian, Dr. Mrs Nkoyo Edem, who spoke on the effective use of the library urged the newly admitted students to register in the library to enable them make use of the library resources. Dr. Nkoyo Edem who described the Library as the nerve-centre of all academic activities in the institution charged the students to always make use of the library for research purposes whenever the need arises. In the same vein, the Deputy Registrar/ Academic Secretary, Graduate school, Mrs Uduak Akang who spoke on registration procedure urged students to adhere strictly to stipulated procedures for registration as contained in the Students Handbook. Mrs Akang explained that candidates who were not admitted fell short of the minimum qualification requirement of the University. The Dean of Students Affairs Division, Prof Enang Udah, in his remarks said the unit serves as link between students and the institution, just as he expressed readiness to address complaints of students. On his part, the Dean, Basic Medical Sciences and Chairman Graduate School Resource Development Unit, Prof. Eyong U. Eyong said the institution is poised to produce globally competitive graduate. He said that the graduate school development unit is well positioned to provide a conducive environment for all students to carry out their research. Other Paper Presentations include, Assertive Rights of Students by Dean of Law, Prof. Mike Okom, and presentation on TURNITIN Anti-plagiarism Solution and Enrichment Courses by Mr. Princewill Odum. The Orientation exercise was preceded by the official commissioning of the Graduate School Board Room and Graduate School Resources Development Unit by the Vice Chancellor.

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