Twenty two members of the academia from 12 Nigerian universities have commenced research attachment at the Shell Petroleum Development Companies of Nigeria in several fields of study in the latest phase of the sabbatical and internship program of the SPDC Joint Venture which was introduced in 1980.
The number, according to reports, represents 13 percent increase from the outgoing 19 academics, who recently rounded off their attachments with SPDC.
Eight professors and 14 postgraduate research interns commenced their programs on Friday at SPDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, seeking to build industry knowledge and understanding in such fields as biodiversity, petroleum engineering, geophysics, environmental impact assessment, community and occupational health, remediation, marketing and oil and gas exploration.
The members of the academia are from the University of Petroleum Resources, University of Nigeria UNN, University of Ibadan UI, University of Benin UNIBEN, University of Port Harcourt, Niger Delta University, University of Lagos, Delta State University, Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta and so on.
The General Manager, External Relations, SPDC, Igo Weli said, “The research programs form key aspect of our effort to contribute to the development of higher education in Nigeria.”
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