No fewer than 24 , 000 applicants to the University of Lagos who scored 200 marks and above will still be unable to secure admission in the institution in the 2017 / 2018 academic session .
The outgoing Vice- Chancellor , Prof . Rahamon Bello , said though 32 ,000 applicants to the university scored 200 marks and above in this year ’s Unified Tertiary matriculation examination , Unilag would not admit beyond 8,000 .
Bello said that the university insisted that an applicant must also score at least 40 per cent in Unilag ’s post-UTME before consideration for admission .
“We know what goes on in our public examinations . That is why we insist on candidates undertaking our post UTME and scoring at least 40 per cent, ” he said .
According to Bello , who steps down as Unilag ’ s Vice- Chancellor on Nov . 11 , the aim is to promote excellence .
“We admit the best so that we can produce the best ,’’ he said .
He said that the university held 75 inaugural lectures during his five -year tenure in an effort to promote scholarship .
The professor of chemical engineering noted that the university had held a total of 374 inaugural lectures since its existence.
Bello said that the university produced 103 professors in the past five years , representing about 20 per cent of the 292 professors it had produced in its 55 years of existence.
“They just don ’t come and get them ; the process of becoming a professor in Unilag is very tedious.
“We have peer review from inside and outside and we have interview internally , so that at the end , you know why you are promoted or why you are not,’’ he said .
Bello said that Unilag had to change its curriculum in a bid to sustain academic excellence .
“We are neither a technology university nor a business university; we are comprehensive , except for agriculture .
“The only agriculture we do is marine .”
He expressed satisfaction at the performance of the university in its new fields of study such as cell biology and genetics .
“When we started them , they were almost nothing .
“Cell biology and genetics , for instance , are the ones that drive the health sector when you talk about working in the sub -cell region, especially in the area of In – Vitro -Fertilisation ( IVF ) .
He also expressed delight at the performance of the university’s creative arts department .
“When we started it, some saw it as laughable . Today , most of our graduates are the ones making money in Nollywood , ’’ Bello said .
Bello , the 11 th Vice- Chancellor of the university, came into office in 2012, following the death of the then Vice -Chancellor , Prof . Adetokunbo Sofoluwe .
Bello will be succeeded by Prof . Oluwatoyin Ogundipe , the university’s Deputy Vice- Chancellor ( Academics ) .
( NAN )