Baze University, a private university based in Abuja, on Saturday, graduated 64 students and conferred posthumous honorary doctorate degree on Dr. Stella Adadevoh, the first doctor to die of Ebola virus in Nigeria.
The university also conferred honorary doctorate degree on former Sultan of Sokoto, Ibrahim Dasuki, at its maiden convocation ceremony.
The university, established in 2011 with 17 students, grew to have a student population of 1,300 in 2014.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Micheal Hodd, lauded Dr. Adadevoh for her contributions to the medical field and her legacy in the profession.
Mr. Hodd said that the university started with a foundation class and three faculties- management and social sciences, law, computing and applied sciences, but has now grown, with a high academic standard.
The vice chancellor said “external examiners have rated our academic standard as being marginally higher than those of an average UK university”.
Julius Okojie, the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, NUC, commended Baze University for its contributions to the country’s education sector.
He said Baze University and other private universities have contributed in bringing Private Public Partnership, PPP, in education to fruition.
Mr. Okojie, who was represented by Chiedu Mafiana, the Deputy Executive Secretary of NUC, pledged the Commission’s continued assistance to private universities to enable them to grow according to existing laws.
He said, “We want you to ensure that the private initiative and discipline in the private sector are brought to bear in the school. You must adhere to quality assurance stipulations.”
He urged operators of private universities to monitor their students to ensure that they did not indulge in drugs and other vices.