ATBU Lecturer Makes List of World Bests PhD Researchers in UK

Gets a £5k Newcastle University Research Grant to participate in the Prestigious Conception X Program

A Nigerian lecturer at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi State, Mustapha Manga, has won a £5,000 research grant to participate in this year’s Conception X programme at the Newcastle University London.

Dr Manga, a senior lecturer at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, ATBU, and a PhD student is probably the first Nigerian to win the said research grant.

Why it Matters

Conception X was founded to transform the next generation of scientific researchers into the founders of their own companies.

Concrption X was idealised to tackle humanity’s greatest challenges with entrepreneurial tools and mindsets.

The program was founded at University College London in 2018, and today, the Conception X programme and its founders are at the forefront culture changing in higher education. Preparing academia and the next generation of PhDs for leadership roles in the economies of the future.

Speaking on his enviable achievements at a parley with Joirnslists in Bauchi, the awardee said his accomplishments has made Nigerians residing in the U.K proud.

Aside the £5,000 cash prize, Dr Manga would enjoy a paid travel and accommodation in a five star hotel in London for the Demo day presentation.

“The applicants typically go through four rounds of selection based on their innovation, practicality, relevance and impact to solving global issues.

“The conception X panel of juries recommended my ideas and solutions as top notch and deserved a scalable support.

“My impressive and innovative stride was recognised by the Newcastle University, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

“My intellect, prowess and depth of thinking have earned me an award for rethinking smart cities through synchronization and embeddedness of docking station technologies to enable inclusive learning,’’ he said.

Manga further said he was leveraging the resources available through hard work, prayer and determination to break the barriers of expectations in the U.K.

“It is unbelievably awesome. I still feel emotional when I think about it, it’s one of the best things that has ever happened to me since the beginning of this PhD voyage.

“It’s wonderful to receive not just recognition, but public recognition for something you have done being displayed on the walls and posters of such a beautiful institution like Newcastle University,” he said.

The don stressed that Nigerians are all over the world, across different ivory towers and have been known for making the country proud.

“Academic excellence and recognition are becoming a hallmark of Nigerians far outside the shore of the country’’,

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