By Sade Adewale
No fewer than 550 students of the University of Medical Science, UNIMED, Ondo were at the weekend matriculated for the year 2018/2019 academic session.
Speaking at the event held at the institution’s Main Auditorium, Odosida campus, Ondo, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Friday Okonofua disclosed that it was the forth matriculation ceremony of the institution.
According to him, the event was important, as it enable new student to indicate their willingness to abide by the rules and regulations governing the university.
He explained that out of the 550 new intakes, 120 students were admitted into the Faculty of Science which include, Animal and Environmental Biology, Microbiology, Plant Biology and Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics Electronics. While 92 students were admitted into the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences (Anatomy, Biochemistry and Physiology) ,129 out of the students were admitted into the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences(Medical Laboratory Sciences and Physiotherapy), 68 into the Faculty of Nursing Sciences (Nursing Sciences), 73 into Medicine and 28 were admitted into Dentistry.
The VC informed that the mission of the school is to provide exceptional, quality and comprehensive health care and integrated education and research in all health-related sciences in order to expand access to high quality health care for under-served populations.
He explained further that the school was established to lead the scientific pathway in reducing the burden of diseases in the areas of operation.
Okonofua said that part of the vision is to be a recognised medical and health sciences University both locally, nationally and internationally, known for excellence and innovation in health, education and research for the improvement of health in communities with high burden of diseases.
While saying that the principal objective of the institution is to establish a 21st century world-class University of excellence in medical research, teaching and service delivery, he noted that the number of students admitted represents 100 percent utilization of the quota that was given to the University by JAMB.
Okonofua hinted that with the current admission, the University now has a total number of nearly 2000 enrolled students at all levels and in all Departments adding that the students were drawn from diverse backgrounds in Nigeria.