An American professor has claimed that studying UFOs and other unexplained phenomena from space should become a legitimate university subject.

Anthropology professor Philip Haseley from The Niagra County Community College in the state of New York wants students to be able to study what one could describe as a non-traditional subject.

Due to the large amount of UFO sightings around the world, the lecturer feels it’s an area which should be investigated by students, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Haseley, who also heads the Western New York Mutual UFO Network, said: “It’s important that the whole subject be brought out in the open and investigated.”

The UFO Network, which reportedly receive up to 50 sightings in the region per month, say there’s plenty of evidence to prove sceptics wrong.

“We have to deal with sceptics like any other UFO organisation, and we are perfectly willing to be critiqued”, the professor told the Buffalo News in New York.

“We know people who think this is a nonsense subject. And we’ll refer you to voluminous literature and facts about UFOs.”

by reporter