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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

UNIMED slashes fees, launches ‘NextGenS’

By Sade Adewale, Ondo

The University of Medical Sciences (UNIMED), Ondo City, has launched a unique scholarship scheme tagged ‘NextGenS’ to support the development of the next generation of innovation-minded young scientists.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, stated this in an interview with journalists, saying the scheme, which becomes operative from the current admission exercise for the 2022/2023 academic session, will run for 3 years in the first instance.

He added that the initiative entails a 45% discount on school fees for students who gain admission into UNIMED to study Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Animal and Environmental Health Science, Community Health Science, and Human Nutrition and Dietetics.

According to him, the school fees for the students, either indigene or non-indigene, in the listed programmes will only be ₦100,000 only per academic session and that the scholarship will be tenable till graduation as far as the student maintains a minimum grade of second class lower credit in each session.

Fatusi also stated that graduates with 1st class or 2nd class upper credit are eligible for a 50% school fees discount to study the following specialised areas of health sciences: Medical Physics, Environmental Physics, Medicinal Chemistry, Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Health Statistics and Mathematical Biology.

“Science is the bedrock of development, and the future of health development nationally and globally lies largely in advancing the foundational basic sciences. Also, COVID-19 has demonstrated the need for Nigeria to significantly grow its scientific abilities.

“Our goal is to provide a platform and an avenue for the advancement of science in our country by growing and supporting innovation-minded and science-inclined young people.

“We also see this as an opportunity to support the education of highly intelligent and interested candidates who may have limited economic support to pursue a career in these important fields,’ Fatusi stated.

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