The Vice Chancellor of Mountain Top University, Professor Ayolabi Elijah, has said there is no other way to achieve excellence in academic pursuit than hard work, dedication, discipline and commitment.
He said any other way apart from hard work and prayer was counterfeit and would lead to agony.
Elijah, who stated this recently during the 7th matriculation ceremony for the 2021/2022 academic session of the institution in Ogun State, urged the students to thirst for knowledge and think out of the box, abide by all the rules and regulations of the institution as well as participate in all its activities.
He said ignorance will not be taken as an excuse for any form of misdemeanour.
Elijah said what is unique about Mountain Top University is making it compulsory for every student to learn a musical instrument, as well as a skill to enrich themselves with before their stay in the institution ended.
He stressed that the institution is committed to enthroning a culture of academic excellence and inculcating the right values in their students to enable them to be good ambassadors of the institution and Nigeria in general.
While seeking for the co-operation of parents and guardians to mould the students, he said the institution took it as a personal responsibility to ensure that its students conformed to the principles and doctrines of good behaviour modelled after Christian values.
He maintained that the issue of discipline is paramount in the institution at a time the entire world was ravaged by immoralities among youths.
Admonishing the newcomers, Elijah said the institution has zero-tolerance for immorality and indiscipline, stressing that, “in Mountain Top University, we train these children; we are building a society and a future that all can be proud of.”
He said the university was ranked the best among private universities in less than 10 years of its existence, and the 6th Best Private University in Nigeria and is also among the best 11 Universities in the country.
He commended the Chancellor, Dr. Daniel Olukoya and his wife, Dr. (Mrs.) Folashade Elizabeth Olukoya, for their care and contributions to the growth of the varsity and also appreciated members of the board of trustees for their unflinching support.