Loughborough Alumni


20 Jan 2017

Impressive shortlisting for Loughborough alumnus in British Council Alumni Awards Nigeria

Loughborough University Alumnus, Dr Paul Oluikpe has been shortlisted for a highly sought-after British Council Award for Professional Achievement in Nigeria.

The British Council Alumni Awards celebrate the exceptional achievements of alumni who have studied in the UK in the last 15 years and showcase the impact and value of a UK education.

There have been over 1,200 nominations to this year’s awards, with a shortlist of 148 nominations. The awards are being held in ten locations across the world, with just 30 available.

The Loughborough University Alumni Association is delighted to see alumnus Paul shortlisted for one of these coveted awards.

Paul studied for an MSc in Information and Knowledge Management at the University until 2003, followed by a PhD at Loughborough in Civil Engineering. He received his Doctorate in 2007.

Paul works at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) where he has developed a hugely successful knowledge management (KM) strategy for the bank.

Paul noted that “Studying at Loughborough University gave [him] a multicultural outlook and the ability to adapt to any situation”. When asked about his shortlisting for the British Council Award, Paul said: “I was pleasantly surprised to have been shortlisted, not because I didn’t believe in myself, but because I knew there were equally very excellent candidates out there.

“UK Universities are known to produce solid graduates. However, I am delighted that my Loughborough background came through for me. Loughborough is the place to be if you seek to stand out. Its consistent frontline ranking in all the higher education charts available today is a testament to this fact. I am looking forward to the Awards Ceremony, and hopefully we can bring this back to Loughborough. Fingers crossed”.

Former lecturers in the Business School and School of Civil and Building Engineering were delighted to hear about Paul’s recognition.

Dr Louise Cooke, Programme Director of the MSc in Information Management and Business Technology in the School of Business and Economics said of the announcement: “It is wonderful to see how Paul has used the knowledge gained through his MSc at Loughborough both as a foundation for his PhD research and subsequently in his work for the Central Bank of Nigeria.

“His achievement in getting through to the final round of the British Council Awards is further recognition of how he has translated his academic expertise into invaluable practitioner knowledge for the benefit of the people of Nigeria. Paul is an outstanding example of a Loughborough alumnus and we are proud to have played a part in helping him to achieve such tremendous success.”

Paul’s PhD supervisor, M. Sohail Khan, Professor of Sustainable Infrastructure in the School of Civil and Building Engineering said: “I am pleased to hear that Dr Oluikpe is being recognised in the British Council Alumni Awards. Not only has Paul made us proud professionally but he also has a lovely personality.

“He joined Nigeria’s Central Bank and reached a senior level in a short time. He is a role model and would definitely inspire a lot of people from his country and similar countries to choose a British Education.”

Recognised across the University for his excellent academic ability and enthusiasm, Loughborough University wish Dr Paul Oluikpe the very best of luck at the Nigeria Awards in March.

The Nigeria British Council Alumni Awards will be held in Lagos, Nigeria on 4 March 2017.

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