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A graduate of Tecnun is the driving force behind a School of Science and Technology in Nigeria.

Engineer Desmond Moru returns home to teach the first class of engineers at the Pan-Atlantic University in 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

The Nigerian engineer Desmond Moru began his doctorate in Tecnun with the idea of promoting a School of Engineering in Lagos and replicating the educational model of the University of Navarra 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 returns to his country at the end of August to work as a lecturer for the first graduating class of the School of Science and Technology of the Pan-Atlantic University (PAU).

"We started in September with 150 students and three engineering degrees: 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's exciting that we can train leaders of change in Lagos," continues the doctoral student from Tecnun.

This project took its first steps with the help of Tecnun alumnusDarlington Agholor, who moved to study in San Sebastian with the aim of setting up this new School of Science and Technology in the African country in the future. Back in 2012, Darlington was working at the Institute of Industrial Technology, a technical vocational 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 to complete his training with a doctoral thesis 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 a variety of subjects there. Both Desmond and Darlington say they now plan to start classes in mechanical, electrical, electronic engineering from September 2020, covid-19 permitting.

Both are looking forward to an exciting and mutually beneficial relationship between the Lagos School of Science and Technology and Tecnun, a relationship that will undoubtedly be favoured by Professor Emeritus of the San Sebastian School of Engineering, Justino Fernandez, who has been collaborating with this project from the outset, contributing his experience in the world of engineering and teaching. He and Desmond have visited the new Nigerian school on several occasions to check on the progress of the work and to outline the syllabus.

"Future collaboration with Tecnun is very much on our minds, with student exchanges, bachelor's and master's degree projects," Desmond and Justino explain. It is worth noting that professors from the School of Engineering of the University of Navarra (Tecnun) are transferring their experience to PAU professors in terms of new online teaching tools. "In Nigeria, all the universities are closed due to the global pandemic, and although the idea is to start teaching in person in September, we would move to the online model if necessary," Moru points out. "We are working on this scenario and we have the support of the University of Navarra," concludes Justino Fernández.

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