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First nuclear engineers graduate in Port Harcourt

27 February 2014, 13:53

Abuja -  The first set of locally-trained nuclear engineers has graduated from the University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT).

Addressing journalists on the graduation, the University’s Director of the Centre for Nuclear Studies, Prof. Ayoada Kuye, said seven additional nuclear engineers would also graduate soon.

He said that the programme, which lasted for 15 months, had the students spend six months at a research centre provided by National Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC) in Sheda, Abuja, before completing other courses and projects at UNIPORT.

Kuye said the facilities for the project were locally-based.

He added that the new nuclear engineers would make their own contributions to the Federal Government’s bid to diversify the nation’s energy sector.

The don said the centre was already putting measures in place to offer doctorate degrees in Nuclear Science and Engineering to promote the discipline in the country.

“The bachelor of engineering programme had been approved by the university Senate, and so, we intend to move forward to the doctoral level. To accomplish this; I have already started talking to foreign universities on possible collaboration with the University of Port Harcourt,” he said.

Four universities in the country University of Maiduguri, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ahmadu Bello University and UNIPORT are presently endorsed by the NAEC to run the programme.

Since the programme was approved two years back, UNIPORT is the first among the four universities to graduate students for the programme.

- CAJ News

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