By Victor Akinkuolie
Prof Friday Okonofua, VC
No fewer than 3,500 prospective admission seekers yesterday sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) of the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo.
The examination which began about 7am was held at the Management Information System Building (MISB) on the campus of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo and was monitored by the staff of the university led by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Friday Okonofua.
Speaking in an interview with journalists at the venue of the examination, the VC said about 3,500 students participated in the examination, explaining further that the post-UTME was to select students who will form the first set of intakes of the institution.
Okonofua, a Professor of Medicine explained that the institution would offer admission to students for Medicine, Dentistry and Basic Medical Sciences programmes.
On when academic activities are likely to begin at the university, the UNIMED VC expressed optimism that it would begin in December and assured that the students would receive the best training which would enable them to contribute their quota to healthcare development in the country.
While assuring students of ample opportunities that the university will offer, the VC said scholarship would be made available to indigent but brilliant students so as to enable them achieve their academic ambition.
He added that the fees will not be different from what is obtained in other universities owned by state governments in the country.”
In the area of funding, the VC commended the Ondo Government for establishing the university and providing the necessary facilities required for the smooth take-off of the institution.
He disclosed that all the efforts to get international supports from various organizations for the university would yield dividends.
Okonofua however appealed to people of the state, Ondo town indigenes, corporate organizations and religious bodies in the society to contribute positively to the development of the institution.
The interview had in attendance Principal Officers of the university including its Registrar, Dr Mrs Funke as well as the accountant.