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Zaria students off to Dubai for engineering training

20 January 2015, 07:59Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Some students from the Etisalat Telecommunications Engineering Programme (ETEP) at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria have left for the United Arab Emirates to receive training at the Etisalat Academy.

The local entity of the global mobile network operator is sponsoring the training of the three students at the academy in Dubai.

According to official of the company, it is in continuation of its innovative Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives targeted at improving education in Nigeria.

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“At Etisalat, we believe that the right education has the potential to impact every aspect of life, so education remains central to our CSR interventions; this is why we are sending the three best studentsfrom the Etisalat Telecommunications Engineering Program class of 2014, to the Etisalat Academy in Dubai, to expand their horizons and give them further exposure to the cutting-edge technology driving the telecommunications industry,” Manager for CSR at Etisalat Nigeria, Oyetola Oduyemi, said.

She said further training at the Etisalat Academy would reinforce the students’ practical knowledge of Telecommunications Engineering and also provide them with a competitive edge.  

She added the company plan to 15 to 20 students yearly to give Nigerians an opportunity to learn from the best in the field.

“As the programme continues, we plan to train 15 to 20 students yearly to give Nigerians an opportunity to learn from the best in the field.  We will also develop local expertise to sustain the program by sponsoring lecturers from ABU to study for a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering at the Plymouth University, UK.”

ETEP, organized in conjunction with the University of Plymouth, and Huawei Technologies Limited, is the first programme offering an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering in West Africa.

- CAJ News


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