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A graduate of Tecnun promotes a School of Science and Technology in Nigeria.

Engineer Desmond Moru returns to his country as professor of the first graduating class of engineers at the Pan-Atlantic University of Lagos.

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Darlington Agholor, Justino Fernández and Desmond Moru at the new School. PHOTO: Communication Service
30/07/20 13:01 Communication Service

Nigerian engineer Desmond Moru began his Ph. Tecnun with the idea of promoting a School of Engineering in Lagos and replicating the University of Navarra's model educational at the end of his stay in San Sebastian.

Moru has recently defended his thesis at the School of Engineering of the University of Navarra and is returning to his country at the end of August to work as a professor of the first class of the School of Science and Technology of the Pan-Atlantic University (PAU). School of Science and Technology at Pan-Atlantic University (PAU).

"We started in September with 150 students and three engineering programs: mechanical, electrical and computer science," says Desmond Moru. "I am excited that we are building a university with the capacity to face international challenges, to train young people in the spirit of teamwork and service. It is exciting that we can train leaders of change in Lagos," continues PhD student from Tecnun.

This project took its first steps at the hand of the also former student of Tecnun Darlington Agholor, who moved to study in San Sebastian in order to launch in the future this new School of Science and Technology in the African country. Back in 2012, Darlington was working at the Institute of Industrial Technology, a vocational technical school for underserved youth in Lagos, but the Vice Chancellor of Pan-Atlantic University asked him if he would like to work with him in setting up an engineering school at PAU. Darlington agreed and the first thing he did was fill in his training with a doctoral dissertation at Tecnun, in order to return to Nigeria as well prepared as possible.

Darlington completed his thesis and returned to Lagos in December 2015. Soon after arriving he joined Pan-Atlantic University and has since taught various subjects there. Both Desmond and Darlington say they now plan to start classes in Mechanical Engineering, electrical, electronics from September 2020, covid-19 permitting.

Both look forward to an exciting and mutually beneficial relationship between the Lagos School of Science and Technology and Tecnun, a relationship that will undoubtedly favor the Professor Emeritus of the San Sebastian School of Engineering, Justino Fernandez, who from the beginning has been collaborating with this project, contributing his experience in the world of engineering and teaching. He and Desmond have visited the new school in Nigeria on several occasions to check on the progress of the work and to help shape the Study program.

"We are looking forward to future collaboration with Tecnun, with student exchanges, final projects for Degree and master's degrees," explained Desmond and Justino. It is worth noting that professors from the School of Engineering of the University of Navarra (Tecnun) are transferring their experience to the PAU School professors in terms of new online teaching tools. "In Nigeria all the Universities are closed because of the global pandemic, and although in September the idea is to start face-to-face, we would move to model online if necessary," Moru notes. "We are working on this scenario and we have the support of the University of Navarra," concludes Justino Fernandez.

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