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CATUC Signs Landmark MoU with the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

 

Following our resolve at CATUC to provide top quality academic and professional training to our students, the Head of Department for Chemical and Petroleum Engineering went in search of partners who could make our dream a reality in his domain. Through his networks in Nigeria where he teaches as a visiting lecturer, and the assistance of Mr. Augustine Akaho, he discovered that the University of Port Harcourt (Uniport), Nigeria was one of the best centres for the training of Petroleum Engineers in Africa. In fact, it hosts the African Centre of Excellence for Petroleum Engineering!

The groundwork was laid with Professor Akakuru, Director of the Centre for Linkages for the University of Port Harcourt, and the CATUC Delegation, made up of the Head of Department for Chemical and Petroleum Engineering (Dr. Egbewatt Nkongho) and the Director of Cooperation (Mr. Promise Aseh), arrived Port Harcourt on Monday October 15, 2018, for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two universities.

 
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The signing ceremony was scheduled for 2.00 pm in the Vice Chancellor’s Conference Room, but before that, the Head of Department for Petroleum Engineering, Dr. Ubani, took the CATUC delegation on a tour of the different laboratories of the Department. They returned to the Vice Chancellor’s Conference Room for the ceremony at 2.00 pm. It was a solemn ceremony that brought together the Vice Chancellor of Uniport, Professor N.E. Lale, the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academics, the Registrar, the Director of the Centre for Linkages, the Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, the Director of  the African Centre of Excellence for Petroleum Engineering, the Head of Department for Petroleum and Gas Engineering, and many others.

In his speech at the signing ceremony, the Vice Chancellor of UNIPORT stressed the importance of south-south cooperation and the role of such inter-university cooperation in helping to raise the ranking of both institutions. More importantly, such cooperation is profitable to students and staff of both institutions at a much cheaper rate compared to north-south cooperation.

 
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It is important to note that this centre is the first in Africa and is built by the World Bank for training of Petroleum Engineers at both Masters and PhD levels and is highly solicited for research as it is one of the best equipped with research laboratories and cutting edge technological equipment and a language laboratory that serves students from non-English speaking African countries. Admission into this Institute is through a competitive entrance examination and the admission ratio of applicants is very low. All expenses of students are paid by the Institute. In fact, one of our staff, Mr. Augustine Akaho, is currently doing his PhD in the University of Port Harcourt and was actually the initiator of the MoU.

CATUC Staff and students of Petroleum Engineering will benefit greatly from this MoU as the African Petroleum Centre of Excellence will provide capacity building for our staff, and students will be given special consideration for Masters and PhD studies. Additionally, CATUC students of Petroleum Engineering will be able to benefit from a two weeks International Students’ Exchange programme which is currently running in Port Harcourt and which brings together students from all over the continent. Finally, CATUC Petroleum Engineering students can also be admitted by the University of Port Harcourt for a period of between three to six months for their Internship, an opportunity that is only available to the most privileged and most connected in Cameroon.

The CATUC search for excellence is only beginning, and it is not limited to the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and Nigeria. We look for the best for our staff and students, anywhere in the world!

 

 
 

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