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Nigerian University of Technology Opens in Abuja

Classes have begun at the African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja, with the pioneer set of 50 post-graduate students. Fifty percent of them are from Nigeria, 30 percent from Ghana and the rest from other parts of Africa.

Of this group of new students, 40 percent are in Petroleum Engineering, and the rest in Applied Mathematics and Computer Sciences, as well as Materials Sciences. AUST is an initiative of the Nelson Mandela Institution, a pan-African response to the socio-economic and technological challenges facing Africa.

Abuja's was the first campus of the multi-campus institution that was inspired by the dream of former South African President, Nelson Mandela for an African to win a Nobel Prize in one of the core sciences. Established during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo, AUST is supported by multilateral institutions led by the World Bank, as well as Nigeria and other African governments.

The institution, under the leadership of its current Chief Executive, Dr. Karl Voltaire, was able to secure the services of a distinguished corps of visiting faculty, drawn from different parts of the world. It has more than 50 professors, many of whom are coming from institutions such as the University of Cambridge, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University and Virginia Tech in the United States.

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