Kelechi Okogwu, an intern of the Etisalat Telecommunications Engineering Postgraduate Programme (ETEPP) has said that the internship has shaped his future in the Telecommunications world.
The programme, which currently runs at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria in conjunction with two of the leading academic authorities on Telecommunications Engineering; Plymouth University in the UK and the Etisalat Academy in UAE, and Huawei, is a strategic corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative of Etisalat Nigeria that is poised to give wings to Nigerian graduate-specialists in telecommunications engineering.
Kelechi, who is part of the class that recently concluded their internship at Etisalat Abuja office highlighted three key factors — the 4-week intense internship with Etisalat’s technical team, the professional courses and the well-equipped laboratory — as his reasons for enrolling on the programme.
The tutorial sessions, group discussions, live practical demonstrations and my exposure with the Network Operations department-CIVE UNIT are experiences that impacted me positively during the 4 weeks internship programme. To a large extent I believe the training I’ve received so far is sufficient for me to come in handy in future job roles.
Kelechi’s summary of his time at the ETEPP internship is clearly one of the objectives Etisalat Nigeria set out to achieve when the company instituted the master’s programme, a first of its kind in the country, back in 2013.
The ETEPP is open to graduates of Electrical Engineering and other related fields. Students who are admitted into the MSc course enjoy the opportunity of learning from visiting lecturers that include lecturers from the Etisalat Academy.
It is expected that this programme would in the next few years produce technically equipped and highly knowledgeable Nigerians whose skills would help improve the quality of service rendition by operators in the telecom sector.