The Petroleum Technology Development Fund’s Executive Secretary, Aliyu Gusau, disclosed this recently in Abuja at the induction programme for its 2018/2019 Overseas Scholarship Scheme scholars for the MSc and PhD.
He said the scholars would study in the three countries under the PTDF’s strategic partnership arrangements with some top ranking institutions in the selected nations.
Gusau said, “For this particular set, we have about 124 MSc students and 77 others going for the PhD. They are going to universities in the three different countries, which are Germany, China and France.
“Other sets are coming later in the month. They are going there for a purpose and must be good ambassadors of this country wherever they find themselves.”
Speaking on the process of selecting participants for the programme, Gusau stated that several measures were adopted.
He said, “The selection was very rigorous and objective. Hitherto, we subjected students to just one hour aptitude test, but we thought that is not a good measure to determine their capacities.
“So what we now do is that we start right from the outset to find out the quality of degree you have after spending four years in the university.”
Gusau added, “If you have a first class, you are going to earn more than somebody who has a second class upper in our marking and that is how it goes on for other classes of degrees. So that is how we ended up with the list and so 70 per cent of the marks or grades that they got was based on those criteria, including if you were given an award by your university.”
He noted that every state of the federation was entitled to a specific number of participants in the exercise.