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Nigerian Becomes Best Doctorate Student In UK University


A Nigerian Dickson Ndukwe Agbai has become the best doctorate student with the highest grade from the Newcastle University in England.

Dickson is a native of Ugwueke Community in Bende local government area of Abia state, New Telegraph reports. The talented student has been announced the best following his outstanding thesis titled “Analysis of Biofuel Potential in Nigeria”.

Examiners Dr. Paul Wilson of University of Nottingham and Dr. P. J. Dawson of Newcastle University were impressed by Dickson's outstanding performance; therefore, the candidate was immediately admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

The examiners' joint report reads the following:
“This thesis examines the potential of biofuel production in Nigerian using programming methods. Various scenarios are estimated and appropriate policy recommendations follow. It is an interesting and worthy piece of research which tackles a problem that is highly relevant to the Nigerian Government. The method of analysis is appropriate and while not novel, the application is. The thesis is well-written and well-presented, and its structure is appropriate. It is of doctoral standard.”

“During the oral examination of about two hours, the candidate defended the thesis well. He demonstrated a thorough understanding of his work and he can place his research in the wider context of the literature.

“He understands and appreciates the advantages and disadvantages of the alternative methods and provided a convincing argument for that chosen. The policy recommendations, which should be helpful to the Nigerian Government in its development of a biofuel policy, follow from the results and the candidate understands their implications.”

It is worth mentioning that Dickson's great achievement has not gone unnoticed in Nigeria. A non-governmental Organisation Eco Empowerment & Sensitization Initiative (ECO-ESI) has commended the student for bringing honour to his motherland.

Bari Brown Malachi Elisha, secretary to ECO-ESI, said that Dickson had “placed the Nigerian flag at the pinnacle of academic excellence in a highly-competitive global stage”.

He also expressed gratitude to the Federal Government and the Petroleum Technology Development Fund for their financial support to Dickson and other Nigerian scholars during their programmes.

Earlier this year, we reported about a 17-year-old high school senior who also achieved unbelievable success when he  was accepted by eight of the most prestigious universities in  the world.