Want To Be A Telecoms Engineering Professional? Ahmadu Bello University Now Has An MSc Programme

If you’re looking to build a career in Telecommunications Engineering, here’s an opportunity to study for an MSc programme at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) in Zaria, Nigeria.

The Masters degree programme is said to be established at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of ABU, said to be one of the five approved universities in Nigeria accredited to offer Telecommunications Engineering.

The MSc programme called Etisalat Telecommunications Engineering Programme (ETEP) —a multi- stakeholder partnership between the Ahmadu Bello University, the Etisalat Academy in the United Arab Emirates, Plymouth University in the UK and Chinese-based technology company, Huawei – was launched last week to help produce Nigerian graduate- specialists in the field of Telecommunications Engineering.

“We have been committed to every stage of setting up the Etisalat Telecommunications Engineering Program and successful implementation so far has been achieved through these multi- stakeholder partnerships”, said Steven Evans, Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Nigeria in a statement.

Over the next five years, the company plans to sponsor ABU lecturers to study for a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering at the Plymouth University, UK “so that local expertise can be
developed for the long-term sustainability of the MSc Programme.”

While telecommunications engineering technology skills and talents are hard to find in Nigeria, Etisalat hopes that the programme would empower 15 to 20 engineering graduates annually with capacity and expertise in excellently running Nigeria’s
telecommunications sector. Students who are admitted for the MSc programme would also have
the opportunity of learning from visiting lecturers from Plymouth University and Etisalat Academy.

The company further said it would accept students enrolled in the MSc programme to intern at the
company in order to further broaden their practical
understanding of telecommunications technologies
and the industry at large.

Globally, Telecommunications Engineers are involved in the planning, design, commissioning and monitoring of complex telecommunications networks, wireless systems, broadcasting systems and future broadband networks.

It is expected that graduates from the programme would serve as manpower for Etisalat, Huawei and
other companies in the telecommunications industry.

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