The Central South University of China (CSU) has collaborated with Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria on a new undergraduate degree programme, which will be the first of it kind in Nigeria.
The degree, called ‘3+2’, will have students spend three years with ABU and go to CSU in China to spend two years.The vice chancellor, Prof Ibrahim Garba who disclosed this in Abuja when he paid a courtesy call on the Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Zhon Pingjim and the managing director of China Civil Engineering Company (CCECC), Mr Jack Li to appreciate the company and the government of China for their continuous support to Nigeria and growth of the university, explained that the collaboration is to build future railway engineers in the country.
“The 3+2 is a type of degree, meaning that a typical engineering degree which take five years, students will spend three years in ABU and go to CSU in China for two years, famous for railway engineering so the entire purpose is to build a future railway engineers in Nigeria
According to him, CCECC has offered full scholarship to 30 students for the two years that they are going to do in China and the university in China has also added another 15 scholarships of those students, making it 45.
The envoy noted that the relationship between Nigeria and China has already recorded tremendous success. He said the collaboration in the field of education is very important as it nurtures longer generation of leadership.“The Abuja rail, which is the first of its kind in the country is just one of the ways the Chinese government is ensuring that the relationship is maintained.