Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Petroleum Technology Development Fund to provide postgraduate opportunities for Nigerian students.
A delegation from the Consulate General of Nigeria Shanghai and PTDF visited XJTLU this month to formally establish the collaboration, which will see Nigerian students undertake masters or PhD studies in the areas of engineering, geology, science and management.
Dr Bello Aliyu Gusau, executive secretary of PTDF, said the MoU was a positive step forward in the company’s growing relationship with China.
“We want to give qualified Nigerian students the chance to pursue postgraduate education related to the petroleum sector,” he said.
“We have only recently commenced our Chinese operations, and it was our visit to XJTLU late last year that has brought us to this signing table today.”
Professor Stuart Perrin, dean for international affairs, provided the delegation with an overview of XJTLU and its recent achievements.
“The impressive global ranking and research statistics released recently are persuasive signs of the quality of education offered here at XJTLU,” he said.
“We are looking forward to welcoming more Nigerian students to our University community and building on our relationship with PTDF.”
Anderson Madubike, counsul-general at Consulate General of Nigeria Shanghai, spoke about the growing number of Nigerian students in Chinese universities and the positive outlook for their increased global participation in the future.
Professor Qiuling Chao, vice president for student affairs and information, delivered the welcome speech at the MoU signing ceremony.
By Yixue Yang; photos by Wenrui Chen; edited by Rosanna Galvin