The African University of Science and Technology (AUST) said its focus on only post-graduate studies is to enable the institution take maximum advantage of available resources as it is less-capital intensive when compared to undergraduate programmes.
President of the University, Professor Kingston Nyamapfene, who stated this in Abuja at the weekend during the 10th year pre-anniversary press conference of the science and research-oriented institution, said the present faculties in the school which regularly attract lecturers from partner institutions abroad are not large enough for undergraduate courses.
“Undergraduate programmes are very capital-intensive. If we are doing that, we have to have a full complement of faculties here, “ he said.
Prof Nyamapfene, who said AUST is “one of Abuja best kept secret,” disclosed that the university which was put in place in 2007 to serve Sub-Saharan Africa in the area of research in science and technology, now plays host to students from 19 countries and expressed the readiness of the institution to accommodate students from more African nations.
While saying that the university has so far graduated 330 students at both the masters and PhD levels, who are now contributing meaningfully in their various endeavours, Prof. Nyamapfene said some of the research findings from the university are helping in no little ways in addressing the challenges in the African society.
He said the university is also collaborating with some government agencies in the training of their personnel, adding that the 4 million dollars state of the art facilities at the institution’s laboratories which are ready for commissioning would further give a boost to the research drive of the school.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of Nelson Mandela Institution (NMI), Bonaventure Mbida-Essama, said the impact of the cutting-edge researches in AUST would go a long way in positioning Africa as a force to reckon with in science and technology in not too distant time.