Students No Longer Allowed To Overstay On Graduate Programmes ~Dean By Ethel Timi-Johnson

Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, Professor Anthonia Okerengwo, has re-emphasised the need for graduate students to complete their programmes within the approved residency period, or be prepared to leave their programmes.

Speaking at a one-day orientation exercise organised for newly-admitted graduate students by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) at the Ebitimi Banigo Auditorium, University Park on Thursday, June 21, 2018, Professor Okerengwo disclosed that the School of Graduate Studies combines the National Universities Commission's Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (BMASS) and other locally-applicable quality control measures to ensure high standard of graduate programmes in the University.

“A reputable global rating agency—University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) recently placed the University of Port Harcourt in second position in Nigeria and 1,755 in world ranking,” the Dean told the fresh graduate students, urging them to maintain the high standards for which the University was already well-known.

Commending Management of the SGS for organising the exercise, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ndowa Lale, described it as a commendable innovation meant to expose graduate students to their entitlements and obligations as bona fide students of the University. “Because some of you are not graduates of the University of Port Harcourt, it is important for you to know how things are done here and that is the reason this orientation was put together for you. It is also important for you to note all the important information contained in the Students' Handbook,” Professor Lale remarked. He advised the students to report erring staff or situations that may compromise their integrity to the authorities for prompt redress.

Speaking on Academic Integrity in Graduate Programmes (Anti-Plagiarism Check), Acting Director of the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office (IPTTO), Dr. Rowland Uhunmwangho, described the process as an established framework for detecting and dealing with plagiarism in the University. He informed the newly-admitted graduate students that 48 students were recently evicted from their programmes on account of established involvement in plagiarism.

Other presentations included: The School of Graduate Studies Research Project Guidelines, by Associate Dean of the School, Professor Samuel Arokoyu, e-Library and the Use of Library Resources, by the representative of the University Librarian, Mrs. Millie Horsfall and University of Port Harcourt Academic Policies on Graduate Programmes, by the Graduate Studies Officer, Mrs. Christy Nworu.


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