Six senior lecturers holding endowed university chairs in Nigerian universities by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), reiterated their commitment to strategies that would enhance collaboration between the international oil company and academia to meet the aspirations technology from Nigeria.
At a recent 2022 joint review with the SPDC Joint Venture Professorial Chairs and Centers of Excellence held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the professors discussed their work plans covering research, experience work in industry for the students they are responsible for and schedules to meet technological aspirations in certain countries. gap areas.
One of the professors, Difference Ogagarue, who is the director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC)/Shell Joint Venture Center of Excellence in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Benin said: “The collaboration is envisaged as a industry-supported center for the training of industry-ready graduates.
Professor Ogagarue hailed the achievements of the collaboration, saying that the University of Benin center had graduated seven rounds with master’s degrees awarded to a total of 101 students.
“Of the 101 graduates, 91% have a paid job; 44% hold permanent technical positions in major oil and gas companies in Nigeria; 23 percent are in academia; some are already lecturers in universities; and 25% are either in public institutions or in private practice. The goal is to position the center in line with the global energy trend,” he said.
The Director and Head of Corporate Relations at SPDC, Nigeria, Mr. Igo Weli, said: “Collaboration with Nigerian universities, as well as other academic programs such as the annual sabbatical and research internship programs, continues to constitute key aspects of SPDC’s efforts to contribute to the development of higher education in Nigeria.
Weli, who was represented by SPDC’s Head of Social Performance and Social Investment, Mr. Emmanuel Anyim, said, “The collaboration is a mutually beneficial relationship in which Shell obtains expert services from professorships and centers of excellence, while they, in turn, gain industry experience and exposure to new technologies, produce industry-ready graduates and enhance the academic curriculum.
Following a review of its decades-old support of education in Nigeria through scholarships and industry experience to undergraduate students, SPDC now sponsors two Centers of Excellence in Geosciences and Engineering oilman at the University of Benin – headed by Ogagarue; and in Marine and Offshore Engineering at Rivers State University, Port Harcourt – led by Dr Charles Orji.
The four professorships are in Environmental Management and Control, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Professor Anene Moneke); Petroleum Engineering, University of Port Harcourt (Professor Sunday Sunday Ikiensikimama); Geophysics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife (Professor Mary Olowokere) and Mechanical Engineering, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (Professor Danjuma Yawas).
Meanwhile, a two-time SPDC-Aret Adams in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt, Professor Adewale Dosunmu, has encouraged other organizations to emulate the strategies of Shell companies in Nigeria to promote university collaborations. -industry.