Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State is to partner with Clausthal Research Center for Environmental Technologies (CUTEC), Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany, to build the capacities of the institution’s Engineering students through periodic students’ exchange industrial experiences.

This was revealed recently when the Manager, International Operations of the research centre, Professor Dr. Theodore Onyeche and his colleague, Miss Ann Dirkling, visited the University.

L-R: DVC, Professor Sunday Elom, Miss Ann Dirkling, VC, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba, Manager, International Operations, CUTEC, Professor Dr. Theodore Onyeche and Deputy Provost, College of Medicine, Dr. O. Ezeonu during the visit

 “We want to open-up a relationship with your University that will enable engineering students who want to have industrial practical experiences to come to Germany for few months”, he noted.

He advised the University to ensure that its Faculty of Engineering and Technology has close relationship with relevant industries in order to know what they want and also ensure the industrial training of its students.

VC, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba in a partnership handshake with the Manager, International Operations, CUTEC, Professor Dr. Theodore Onyeche with the Director, Internationalization, Dr. Chinonso Ejike and Director of Academic Planning, Professor Dr.Jonny Ogunji during the visit

While welcoming the visitors, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba, noted that the University was interested in establishing a close relationship with the German system, adding that the Germans were known for their hard work, diligence and never-say-die attitude which have made them to excel economically. And maintained that Nigeria need to emulate and adopt the system in order to make meaningful economic progress.

VC, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba in a discussion with Miss Ann Dirkling at the sideline during the visit

He further noted that though the University is young, yet it was geared towards justifying the reason for its establishment, stressing that the engineering students were being made to acquire hands-on experience as they go through their studies.

“We are a very young University, yet we have to justify the reason for our establishment”, he stated.

This partnership is coming at a time the University, through its insistence on globally-accepted academic standard, has established fruitful collaborations with notable world institutions like the French Government. In fact, in the last two and a half years, the University has become a pride destination for students in need of quality education and organizations in search of worthwhile and fruitful partnerships.

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