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Canada’s Governor  General Visits AUST

Canada’s Governor General Visits AUST

As part of her visit to Nigeria, the 29th Governor General of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Julie Payette chose to visit an educational institution in Abuja, the choice was AUST. We feel greatly honoured and privileged to have been asked to host the Governor General who is not only an accomplished scientist and engineer but has also had an almost two-decades-long career as an Astronaut, who has undertaken two missions to the International Space Station, as a crew member on Space Shuttle Discovery and on a second mission, as the flight engineer on Space Shuttle Endeavour, the 29th mission to the Space Station and she has undertaken 5 space walks. From 2000 to 2007, she served as Chief Astronaut at the Canadian Space Agency. With the Nigerian Space Agency NASRDA being one of the sites also on her itinerary, her visit is most timely in view of the fact that AUST has just launched a new set of programs in Space Sciences and Aerospace Engineering, in partnership with NASRDA. The Governor General has numerous other accomplished feats, too numerous to mention here but, in recognition of those accomplishments, she has received a variety of civic honours, in Canada and abroad. She is also the recipient of 28 honorary doctorates from universities around the world. In a somewhat ironic twist for someone who has spent most of her life flying aeroplanes and spacecraft, she is also a certified one-atmosphere, deep-sea diving suit operator. She was able to view displays and exhibit of research being done by AUST's Master's and doctoral students, with whom she had the opportunity to interact directly. As part of her reaction to what she saw, she expressed her country’s readiness to see collaborations in science and innovation between Canadian institutions and those in Nigeria and, in particular, with the African University of Science and Technology (AUST). Accompanied by a sizeable delegation of Canadians from the private sector, non-governmental agencies and some government units, Payette expressed how pleasing it was to see the kind of research being done at AUST, all of which had a strong focus on solving African problems. According to her, “What we saw here, what the students are showing us is that, innovation, self-expression and discovery is everywhere, and is there for us to tap into and to do something with it”.

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New Funding Under The African Centers of Excellence Project

New Funding Under The African Centers of Excellence Project

The Association of African Universities (AAU) announces the (ACE Impact Project) which was launched on August 31, 2018. The ACE Impact Project seeks to improve the quality, quantity and development impact of postgraduate education (defined to include Masters and PhD degrees, and short-term professional level courses and training) in selected universities through regional specialization and collaboration.

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A Major Achievement By Our “Women In Science”

With great pride and joy, we share yet another major achievement by AUST students. Lois Okereke (PhD, Mathematics) Sandra Jusu (PhD, Materials Science & Engineering) and Hassan Zulaihat (MSc, Mathematics) have just received confirmation that they are among the winners of the recently introduced, highly competitive and highly coveted Mwalimu Nyerere African Union Scholarship for Women in Science, Masters and PhD Programmes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM):

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AUST Hosts 2nd Reading of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala’s “Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous”

AUST Hosts 2nd Reading of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala’s “Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous”

Following a very successful event of a similar nature in Lagos, a few weeks ago, on Saturday, July 28, 2018 the African University of Science and Technology (AUST) hosted the 2nd reading of the book “ Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous:

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