Etisalat Telecommunications Programme Commences New Session at ABU Zaria


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The Etisalat Telecommunications Engineering Postgraduate Programme (ETEPP) at the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria has commenced a new academic session with 16 students. The new set of students makes it the fifth batch of intakes since the programme was launched by Etisalat in 2013.
ETEPP is the flagship Corporate Social Responsibility initiative of Etisalat, Nigeria’s most innovative and youth-friendly telecommunications company, aimed at bridging the shortage of highly skilled local manpower in the Nigeria’s telecommunications industry. ETEPP is widely recognized as the first of its kind, taught Master’s programme in telecommunications engineering in West Africa.
Run in partnership with Plymouth University United Kingdom, the Etisalat Academy in the United Arabs Emirates and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, the M.Sc. programme runs for 24 months and exposes students to practical training and world-class experience through an internship with Etisalat Nigeria.
The top-three students of each set also benefit from an Etisalat-sponsored training at the Etisalat Academy UAE. In addition, Etisalat sponsors lecturers of ABU Zaria, to Plymouth University for Ph.D. programs, in which they are all conducting innovative research focused on Telecommunications Engineering.
As part of activities to commence the new academic session of ETEPP, Etisalat Nigeria on Tuesday received Dr. Mohammed Zaki Ahmed, an Associate Professor of Information Technology, at Plymouth University, UK, who was on a working visit to ABU Zaria, to provide capacity building for lecturers as well as mentor students on the programme.
Dr. Ahmed said that ETEPP has the potential to be the leading telecommunications programme in Africa because of the unique support it receives from Etisalat Nigeria.
“The long-term commitment, funding and support provided by Etisalat for ETEPP is exceptional and we are very proud to support this programme from Plymouth University”, Ahmed added.  
Director, Regulatory & Corporate Social Responsibility, Etisalat Nigeria, Ikenna Ikeme, restated the commitment of the telecommunications company to ensuring the success of ETEPP.
“We are happy that the Etisalat Telecommunications Engineering Postgraduate Programme has made significant impact so far. We will continue to support ETEPP with the expectation that it will produce well-trained manpower to meet the needs of the Nigerian telecommunications industry. We thank the leadership of ABU Zaria for its continued support for the programme,” he said.
Vice Chancellor of ABU Zaria, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, thanked Etisalat Nigeria for being consistent in supporting ETEPP and the university. He guaranteed that the institution will continue to partner with the telecommunications company to promote its initiatives in the education sector.
He said, “Etisalat is a good example of a responsible corporate organisation. It has been consistent in its commitment to education development.” The university don added that the equipment at the Etisalat Telecoms Laboratory are very sophisticated and enable quality teaching and learning. “The equipment provided for ETEPP is remarkable and are of top-notch industry standards. The fact that our students have access to this level of sophistication is quite extraordinary,” he said.

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