Class prize for Nigerian student who aims to provide innovation solutions for oil and gas companies

An international computing student, who was inspired to study at Robert Gordon University (RGU) due to her interest in helping her country develop its oil and gas industry, has been recognised by the university for her academic achievements.

Regina NjokuRegina Njoku (23), from Nigeria, was awarded the class prize for the MSc IT for the Oil and Gas Industry course at a special ceremony at RGU’s School of Computing Science and Digital Media this week.

She said: “My decision to study the course stemmed from my growing interest with the oil and gas industry. I’m from the seventh largest oil producing nation in the world yet my country suffers from poverty, lack of knowledge and understanding - a country which is so rich yet third world.

“I decided to study this course to acquire skills and knowledge that will be helpful in providing innovative solutions for companies in the oil and gas industry.

“I’m very excited to have won the class prize but to be very honest I should dedicate the class prize to the entire class because we all worked very hard during the course of the program and in reality every single individual in the class deserves a class prize.

“I see it as an honour to be the person who was awarded the class price.”

Regina, who has now graduated, said that she had very much enjoyed her time at RGU.  

“RGU is an interesting school with a lot of different cultures placed under one roof, both on the staff and students perspective,” she said. “It also has seasoned lecturers whose wealth of experience spans decades in their different fields.

“I had the opportunity to interact with different people from different countries and learn a few things about their cultures, languages, etc. Overall, my time at RGU has been interesting and challenging but in the end very fulfilling as I learnt a lot.”

Regina added: “My plan now is to get a job where I can put all the skills and knowledge acquired to work and contribute positively to the organisation.”

RGU launched its MSc IT for the Oil and Gas Industry in 2013 to prepare graduates to work specifically in the industry. The course combines training in software development tools and techniques and IT service management, with modules in oil and gas engineering and petroleum geoscience.

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology