A Nigerian, Lateefat Oyeleye Abiola, on Friday emerged the best graduating medical student at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine.


She scored 95.6 per cent to emerge the best, not just at her university, where she beat 564 other students, but overall in the country.

The announcement that her score was the best in the entire Ukraine was made by Vil S. Bakirov, president of the university, NAN reports.



The convocation ceremony was attended by UNIOSUN vice-chancellor, Labo Popoola, and deputy governor of Osun, Titi Laoye-Tomori.

Abiola delivered the valedictory speech at the ceremony.

NAN reports that there were 49 other students from Osun state in Abiola’s set. They all passed their examinations.


Abiola who was a student of Osun State University was sponsored to complete her studies at the Ukrainian university by the government of Rauf Aregbesola.


She was one of the 85 medical students of UNIOSUN left stranded and unable to complete their studies after the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 2012 refused to accredit the course for lack of a medical school.

However, in 2014, governor Aregbesola decided to fully sponsor the 85 students, that belonged to two different sets, to complete their medical studies in Ukraine.


Kharkiv University is the only university in Ukraine that has produced three Nobel Prize laureates.

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