Gregory University Uturu, (GUU), Saturday, matriculated 484 students in its 10th Matriculation ceremony with major professional courses with limited admission chances in public schools topped the list in this ever growing private university in Southeast.
The Gregory University Uturu’s matriculation ceremony coincided with the 10th anniversary of the institution founded by an industrialist and academic, Professor Greg Ibe.
Pharmacy which is offered only in two public universities in Southeast with the highest admission seekers nation-wide has 64 students matriculating, while Nursing matriculated 59 students. Medicine & Surgery, has 51 students in the matriculating list.
In the Faculty of law, 41 students were admitted into the programme, while the College of Engineering followed has 32 fresh intakes.
Other major courses that had some fair shares in the admission list include: Medical Laboratory Science, 31; Radiology 16; as well as Public Health, Microbiology, Accounting and Mass Communication.
Gregory University with special interest in entrepreneurial studies has focused so much on key professional courses of study, thus making the fast growing university a darling of many admission seekers across the country in recent times.
With its Teaching Hospital strategically located at Ezinnachi, near Okigwe on the Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway nearing completion, Gregory University is expected to be a leading university in Nigeria in the Medical School.
Our Reporter who covered the event stated that it was a carnival of sort as the matriculants, their parents/guardians, friends and well wishers trooped in their numbers to witness the glamorous event that was also graced by academics from neighbouring universities as well as top government functionaries and corporate bodies.
In his speech at the event, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Augustine Uwakwe, tasked the new intakes to focus on academic excellence and shun all forms of distractions associated with campus life.
The VC who said the university had zero tolerance for cultism, drug abuse and internet fraud, charged the students to eschew all forms of vices as anyone caught indulging in such abnormality will be decisively dealt with.
Professor Uwakwe who said the university was poised to break global records in many fields, urged the students to take advantage of the entrepreneurial Centre in the Institution to acquire vocational skills for self reliance in addition to their certificate.
According to him, the Institution had world-class facilities including library and laboratories with modern facilities comparable with those in any standard university in the world.
In a remark, Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu, described Gregory University as the fasted-growing university in the Southeast region, saying he is proud that the founder is an Abian who had shown capacity in many fields.
Ikpeazu who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Professor Anthony Agbazuere, urged the students to select their goal in life and pursue same with undevided single mindedness.
The governor who commended the university management for its special attention to entrepreneurial studies, urged the staff to complement the efforts of the Chancellor by putting in their best despite the challenges of working in the private sector.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.