A 19-year-old Evance Ochuko Ivwurie Jnr, who hails from Abraka in Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State, has added his name to the prestigious list of Nigerians who have in recent past won academic laurels or made history in their respective fields of educational pursuit especially in Europe, Asia and America.
Evance has etched his name in the annals of academic greats in the United Kingdom by emerging the youngest First Class graduate ever of Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom.
A statement from the young Nigerian academic genius, yesterday, noted that the teenager thus became the youngest graduate of the University, graduating with a First Class Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Economics at 19 years in 166 years since the institution was established.
Evance is the son of Mr. Evance Ivwurie, a member representing Ethiope East Constituency in the on State House of Assembly, under the platform of the Labour Party (LP).
Royal Holloway University of London was first founded in 1849 as Bedford College, in 1879, its name was changed to Royal Holloway College and in 1900, it became a constituent college of the University of London.
However, the university is revered as one of the most research-oriented institutions in the world.
The statement by Hon Ivwurie (father of Ivwurie Jnr) disclosed that Evance Jnr “made double history” on Monday at the Royal Holloway University of London.
While expressing delight at his son’s outstanding academic feat, the statement quoted Professor Paul Layzell, the University Principal (Vice-Chancellor) as saying: “Evance Ochuko Ivwurie Jnr has made remarkable success and outstanding performance in our extremely competitive and high quality citadel of learning because of his hard-work and resourcefulness.”
Layzell was further quoted as saying: “He is a very ambitious economist with extensive understanding of economic theory and its practical implications. His experiences span the undertaking of analytic and empirical work and research projects with minimal supervision, whilst working in a team environment with multiple priorities and tight deadlines. He is passionate and committed to his study and the continuous improvement in quality standards when performing statistical analysis of industry and economic data.”
An elated Prof Layzell also reportedly said in acknowledgement of the rare feat, “I thank your country (Nigeria) for the opportunity given to us to teach you, and it was a delight to have you.”
He said on the young Nigerian’s academic exploits and research interest, “You have chosen to address issues relating to austerity at an opportune time as both your country and the European economic and budget situations are in considerable flux and as a broad rethinking of reflexively austere policies are underway world-wide. You have reflected on the economics of austerity, arguing that too little of the policy debate in recent years has focused on the imperative of increasing economic growth which, in the short and medium term, goes back to issues relating to demand.
“The second history he made today is that he is the University of London (Royal Holloway) youngest student to graduate with First Class honours. Evance, my son, I am so proud of you,” Ivwurie, the state lawmaker, remarked.