A Nigerian, Miss Lateefat Abiola Oyeleye has emerged the overall best medical student of all the 564 final year graduating students of V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine.
The young Lateefah was one of the 85 medical students of the Osun State University, UNIOSUN, left stranded and unable to complete their studies after the National Universities Commission in 2012 refused to approve the course for lack of a medical school.
In 2014, when Governor Rauf Aregbesola came on board, he decided to fully sponsor the 85 students that belonged to two different sets, to complete their Medical studies at the Kharkiv National University, Ukraine.
Of the 85, fifty have become Medical Doctors after they all passed the Krok 2 examinations in one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe.
All the 50 former UNIOSUN students who wrote the same final medical school exams passed.
The final set of the then stranded UNIOSUN Medical students who are now 32, in number will graduate on May 30, 2018. The Deputy Governor, Mrs Titi Laoye-Tomori is billed to attend the ceremony.
Kharkiv university today rates among the best Eastern Europe classical universities. Since its foundation, the University has graduated over 130,000 students.
It also remains the only university in Ukraine that has produced three Nobel Prize laureates.
In reaction to the development, one of the Governor’s aides said: “Indeed, this is a good news for the government and the people of the State of Osun. I remembered vividly sometime in 2012 when the Deputy Governor wept uncontrollably when we had a serious challenge with the stranded students entry visa to Ukraine. All hope to rescue these students almost faded away, but against all odds, it ended up as a successful venture.”