19 academics conduct research in Shell

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Nineteen academics from various universities in Nigeria have begun research attachments in several fields of study in the latest phase of the sabbatical and internship programme of Shell Petroleum Development Company Nigeria Limited (SPDC) Joint Venture, which was introduced in 1980.

The eight professors and 11 research interns began their programmes last month, seeking to build industry knowledge and understanding in such fields as biodiversity, petroleum engineering, geophysics, impact assessment, community health and oil and gas exploration.

According to Shell spokesperson, Bamidele Olugbenga Odugbesan, the recipients are from the University of Benin, University of Ibadan, Niger Delta University, University of Ilorin, University of Lagos, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ahmadu Bello University, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, University of Calabar and University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

“Our research and internship programmes are key aspects of our effort to contribute to the development of higher education in Nigeria,” said Igo Weli, General Manager External Relations.

He continued: “It is a mutually beneficial relationship. SPDC obtains specialised and cost-effective services from the professors and senior lecturers, while they in turn acquire industry experience and exposure to new technologies that can be ploughed back to the university community.

For a period of one year, the professors on sabbatical will conduct research in identified areas and share their findings with SPDC. Part of the internship programme involves Master’s degree students who are also offered one-year placements to acquire work experience in SPDC.

“The other set of internships are from the Shell Centre of Excellence at the University of Benin who will spend six months, enabling them to gain critical working experience and be exposed to Shell’s working culture and ethics. Recruitment for sabbatical and research internship scheme begins with advertisements in national and local newspapers in March with interviews in July each year,”

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