9mobile has yet again affirmed its commitment to the promotion of quality graduate education with new initiatives aimed at increasing the coverage and impact of its first-in-kind 9mobile Telecommunications Engineering Postgraduate Programme (9TEPP) situated in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna State.
9TEPP is a taught master’s programme situated in Ahmadu Bello University and is implemented in partnership with Plymouth University, UK. Through it, 9mobile is innovatively developing local expertise with regards to telecommunications engineering skills.
9TEPP was launched in 2013 with the initial five-year period ending in 2018 but it was extended for a further period. So far, the programme has produced 33 master’s and three PhD graduates.
Management of both 9mobile led by the Acting Managing Director, Stephane Beuvelet, and the ABU led by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ibrahim Garba, in a commitment to ensuring more Nigerians benefit from the programme, recently carried out a comprehensive review of 9TEPP and charted ways to make it more impactful especially in response to emerging industry trends.
Speaking about the initiatives, Beuvelet said they include the migration of 9TEPP to an online platform thereby offering opportunity for as many interested Nigerians as possible to study online while another initiative is the widening of the curriculum which now includes study of e-commerce and tele-medicine amongst others.
To ensure sustainability and continuity, he said 9mobile will also build a Digital Academy that will be dedicated to the training of more Nigerians in Information and Communication Technology.