THE vice chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Professor Adebiyi Daramola, has admonished the fourth set of students who recently proceeded to the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Tallahassee, Florida, United States of America, for the completion of their undergraduate programmes to sustain and improve on the already established positive image of the university during their academic sojourn in America.
He made the call at a departure sendoff organised for the 12 students, who will be in the United States for two sessions under the aegis of the existing academic exchange programme and memorandum of understanding between both institutions.
Reviewing the performance of students in the collaboration since inception of the 4+1+1 programme, under which selected FUTA students complete the last year of their undergraduate programme in FAMU and proceed to do their masters, Daramola said, “I am very happy to announce to you that your predecessors in the programme have made us proud. They keep our flag flying and keep making us shine. I want you to make FUTA shine better.
“Since the programme started, we have received positive reports about our students. They have performed morally and academically well. As I am talking to you, one of them who went in 2014 will be completing his doctorate in April, 2017. This is a great feat. I urge you to utilize this rare opportunity to your full advantage.”
Daramola admonished the students to justify their parents’ investment and be good ambassadors of their parents, the university and Nigeria. He also assured the university community about his administration’s effort in increasing collaboration with world class universities.
In separate addresses, the director, International Office, FUTA, Professor Akintunde Akindahunsi, admonished the students to face their studies and not misuse the opportunity. He urged them to tread the path to success and be good ambassadors of the university.
Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Oladosun Olayinka of the Department of Metallurgical and Material Engineering (MME) assured the university management and parents that they would represent the nation well.
He thanked the vice chancellor for the opportunity.