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Admission 2017/18: UNILAG Picks 8, 000 Out Of 32, 000 Applicants

No fewer than 24,000 applicants to
the University of Lagos (UNILAG)
who scored 200 marks and above
will still be unable to secure
admission into the institution in the
2017/2018 academic session.
The outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof.
Rahamon Bello gave the indication
at a forum with the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN ) in Lagos.
He said that although 32,000
applicants to the university scored
200 marks and above in this year’s
Unified Tertiary matriculation
examination (UTME), UNILAG would
not admit beyond 8,000.
Bello said that the university
insisted that an applicant must also
score at least 40 percent in its post-
UTME before consideration for
“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 percent,” he said.
According to Bello, who steps down
as Vice-Chancellor on November 11,
the aim is to promote excellence.
“We admit the best so that we can
produce the best,” he told NAN .
He said that the university held 75
inaugural lectures during his five-
year tenure in an effort to promote
The Professor of Chemical
Engineering noted that the
university had held a total of 374
inaugural lectures since its
Bello told NAN that the university
produced 103 professors in the past
five years, representing about 20
percent of the 292 professors it had
produced in its 55 years of
“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
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.
NAN reports that Bello, the 11th
Vice-Chancellor of the university,
came into office in 2012, following
the death of the then Vice-
Chancellor, Prof. Adetokunbo
Bello will be succeeded by Prof.
Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, the
university’s Deputy Vice Chancellor
Source: WTN.

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