ETISALAT NIGERIA SPONSORS 3 STUDENTS TO DUBAI.
In continuation of its innovative Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives targeted at improving education in the country, Nigeria’s fastest growing telecommunications company, Etisalat Nigeria, is sponsoring the top three students from the first year of the Etisalat Telecommunications Engineering Program (ETEP) at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria for intensive training at the Etisalat Academy, Dubai.
Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility at Etisalat, OyetolaOduyemi, disclosed that further training at the Etisalat Academy would reinforce the students’ practical knowledge of Telecommunications Engineering and also provide them with a competitive edge.
“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 students from 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”, Oduyemi said.
“As the program 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” she added.
The MSc in Telecommunications Engineering Programme is a strategic corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative of Etisalat Nigeria launched on 16 May, 2013.Etisalat Nigeria’s commitment includes the provision of access to e-resources for the programme, sponsorship of some lecturers of ABU to undertake PH.Ds at Plymouth University and facilitation of compulsory internships for the intakes of the programme, in partial fulfilment of the course requirements.
To ensure a holistic and practical learning experience, Etisalat Nigeria has partnered with Huawei to supply equipment, and the Etisalat Academy, UAE to provide tutelage on technical courses specific to the telecommunications sector.
The first of its kind in West Africa, the Etisalat Telecommunications Engineering Programme is a corporate social responsibility initiative of Etisalat Nigeria. The Programme is established at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of ABU, one of five approved universities in Nigeria accredited to offer telecommunications engineering, but previously only at undergraduate level, with input from the National Office for Technology Acquisition & Promotion (NOTAP) as part of its oversight functions.