Three of the top students from the Etisalat Telecommunications Engineering Programme (ETEP) at the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria have left for the United Arab Emirates to receive training at the Etisalat Academy.

The ETEP, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative of Etisalat, operates in conjunction with the University of Plymouth and Huawei Technologies, and is the first programme offering an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering in West Africa.

“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,” said Oyetola Oduyemi, CSR manager for Etisalat Nigeria.

“This is why we are sending the three best students from the ETEP 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 noted that further training at the Etisalat Academy would reinforce the students’ practical knowledge of telecommunications engineering and give them a competitive edge.

She went on to explain that the company plans to take on 15 to 20 students yearly to give Nigerians an opportunity to learn from the best in the field, adding:

“We will also develop local expertise to sustain the programme by sponsoring lecturers from ABU to study for a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering at the Plymouth University, UK.”