Electrical engineering expertise is essential for rapid industrialization. Africa lacks adequate number of specialists in the field of electrical engineering in which it has continued to rely heavily on foreign expertise and technology. As a result, the African Continent has lagged behind in the development of relevant and sustainable solutions to technical problems. In order to realize rapid industrialization, Africa must invest in the development of specialists, in the field of electrical engineering, with adequate technical, managerial, research and innovative skills to undertake responsible roles and analyze, evaluate and provide solutions to practical problems facing the continent. This programme addresses the development of experts in the field of electrical engineering by offering a course leading to award of a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
This programme has specializations which the candidates will be required to choose by selecting the appropriate optional units. The specializations are Power Systems Engineering and Telecommunications Engineering. These specializations are essential for rapid industrialization, which Africa lacks most in the field of electrical engineering.
This programme is designed to produce an electrical engineering professional, who is an innovator and has managerial skills for transforming Africa into an industrialized continent. In addition, the programme is designed to produce graduates with the ability to pursue independent research and scholarly work. The courses offered are tailored to meet the requirements for the industries and institutions for Africa's long term development for economic growth.
Aims and objectives
The aim of this programme is to produce qualified Electrical Engineers with specialized technical, managerial, research and innovative skills and who can demonstrate individual accomplishment of high professional and academic standards.
The following are the programme objectives of the Master of Science programme in Electrical Engineering:
- Enhance the knowledge and design skills in Electrical Engineering through highly specialized advanced training
- Develop managerial and leadership skills necessary for managing engineering projects
- Develop skills for scientific research through training in research methodology and rigorous research leading to an MSc thesis.
- Provide innovative and entrepreneurial skills for development of home-grown solutions to Electrical Engineering problems.
Recognizing that society is technology based and highly dependent on technology and innovation, engineers have immensely shaped modern culture and technology, leading to giant strides in human development. However, rapid transformation and industrialization of the global environment now requires engineers to re-engineer their practice to be in tandem with modern times. Specialists who have adequate technical, managerial, research and innovative skills in the particular fields that contribute to industrial development will necessary. Sustainable electric power, and reliable and efficient telecommunication, control and computer systems are some of the major drivers towards this development.
This PhD programme prepares the professionals the Electrical Engineering industry is demanding: from the engineers and entrepreneurs who will create new Electrical systems and companies; to the researchers and theoreticians who will advance the science and technology behind these systems. It provides students with intensive advanced training in research that leads to the highest level of scholarly achievement, contribute to the existing body of knowledge, and enable them to conduct research independently to address new challenges as innovators.
In addition, this doctoral programme is designed to satisfy the demands for researchers posed by higher education institutions, industry, the society and the governments through building national research and university capacity within the African continent.
Aims and objectives
The aim of this programme is to produce qualified researchers, innovators, educators and consultants in the field of Electrical Engineering for social and economic transformation of Africa. This is through the accomplishment of independent and original research work, the reporting thereof in a research thesis and a subsequent oral defense. The following are the programme objectives for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering:
- Develop skills for scientific research through training in research methodology and rigorous research leading to a PhD thesis.
- Enhance the knowledge and design skills in Electrical Engineering through highly specialized advanced training.
- Provide innovative and entrepreneurial skills for development of home-grown solutions to Africa’s problems.