Capacity Building: Total to train Nigerian lecturers at MIT

Total Exploration and Production Nigeria has concluded plans to train nine Nigerian lecturers at the

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Capacity Building: Total to train Nigerian lecturers at MIT
From left: Ajukwura Wokomah, GM, CSR, TOTAL; Yoav Danenberg, MISTI-MIT; Prof. Tayo Akinwande, MTL-MIT & Azu Azuike, TOTAL

Total Exploration and Production Nigeria has concluded plans to train nine Nigerian lecturers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, as part of efforts to build local capacity in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

Speaking at the panel interview session for shortlisted candidates, for the MIT-Empowering the Teachers, ETT, 2020 Fall/2021 Spring Fellowship, Manager Diversity, Total, Mr. Azu Azuike, disclosed the successful lecturers would be undergoing a one-semester training at the MIT.

Our Energy Correspondent, National, reports that Azuike added that the MIT-ETT project was part of Total's Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, programme, done in conjunction with its partners.


Front row from left: Azu Azuike, TOTAL; Ajukwura Wokomah, GM, CSR, TOTAL; NNPC rep; Prof. Tayo Akinwande, MTL-MIT & others


Azuike disclosed that the best nine lecturers would be selected from 250 shortlisted candidates from about 500 applications from various university lectures in the country.

"For this specific season, we had almost 500 lecturers that applied globally. Of these 500, 250 were actually qualified to be at this last level.

"We normally screen it down to only 20 lecturers for the panel interview, so, we have to do a whole lot of screening down and effectively, we are taking less than 10 per cent of the qualified.

"It is very stringent and what you are seeing here are like best of the best, so to speak,’’ he said.

He noted that each of the shortlisted candidates would make two presentations of a research work and teaching skills. "We hold a general assessment, we look at the research work and see how well the person have grasp of the work and if you can teach it,’’ he added

Azuike said that since the inception of the programme in the country in 2010, it had impacted positively on the academia and by extension, the oil and gas industry.

He noted that before the inception of the programme, the industry expectation was not matching with the kind of graduates that the academia was churning out.

He said that the expectation of Total from the programme was to ensure an academia that would be able to produce student that could match the needs of the industry to help in solving problems.

``What we have seen so far is very impressive, quite a lot of them impacted the curriculum completely, partially and we have written to the Nigerian Universities Commission, NUC, that is responsible for the universities, to take a look at what impact  the programme is having on the academia,’’ he said.

He noted that Total is working on gathering all the beneficiaries of the programme to help in replicating what they have learnt in various universities.

He added that currently, all the universities in the country, state, federal and private were qualified to apply for the programme.