UniPort Produces First Nigerian Nuclear Engineers

altAs the country makes giant strides to become one of the industrialized  countries of the world by 2020, the University of Port Harcourt has produced six Nuclear Engineers ever to be trained in Nigeria.
Breaking the cheering news to UniPort Weekly, last Monday, Director of the Centre for Nuclear Studies, Professor AyoadeKuye, said that the historic feat was sequel to the approval by Senate of the University at its 395th Meeting held on the 29th January, 2014, stressing that results of the remaining seven Engineers would be approved at the next Senate meeting. He said that the programme was carried out in collaboration with the University of Maiduguri, ObafemiAwolowo University, Ile-Ife, and the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with sponsorship from the National Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC).  
The collaborating universities, the Director disclosed came together to develop a curriculum for Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Master's Degree level, after which they were mandated to run the programme by NAEC, pointing out that as at today, only the University of Port Harcourt has been able to admit and graduate students in Nuclear Engineering.
The Director stated that the programme which was designed to last for 15 months had the students spending a month on registration in the University, after which they proceeded to the Research Centre provided by NAEC in Sheda, Abuja for six months and thereafter returned to do courses related to the programme and their projects. He said that the resource persons which came from all over the world were drawn from the 3 collaborating universities, NAEC and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Professor Kuye stated that the welcome development was imperative in the transformation agenda of President Goodlock Jonathan's administration, noting that the attempt by the Federal Government to diversify the energy sector of which Nuclear Energy is paramount, will be given a major boost by the input of the newly-trained Nuclear Engineers. 
“This will go a long way to improve the country's energy needs as the training of the required manpower in Nuclear Engineering would add impetus in the drive for uninterrupted electricity supply in the country,” he stated.
The Director also disclosed that the Centre was already working out a Doctoral degree programme at the Departmental level pas part of efforts to spread the benefits of the new programme in Nuclear Engineering. “Now that we have the Bachelor of Engineering programme approved by the Senate of the University, we are moving forward to the Doctoral level. To do this, I have already started talking to some universities abroad on possible areas of collaboration,” he stated.
On the quality of the Nuclear Engineers, Professor Kuye said that “the beauty of the programme is that the facilities for the project were locally based; it is, however, gladdening to note that out of the 6 projects, we have 3 published in internationally reputed journals, 2 others are awaiting publication too. If they are good for such publications, it means that the quality of graduates is also high.”
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