The Centre of Excellence in Geosciences & Petroleum Engineering (CoE), University of Benin, was set up in 2012 under a Trust Deed and Governance Framework between The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, operator of the NNPC/Shell/TotalEnergies/Agip JV, and University of Benin. Academic activities commenced in the 2013/2014 session.
Programmes offered at the Centre are integrated, aimed at developing skilled professional graduates in key areas of the Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering, including exploration, appraisal, development, production and value creation required in the Oil and Gas and Allied sector.
At the point of graduation, students would have acquired the requisite skills to make them function effectively in the oil and gas industry as young professionals. The training programmes offered at the Centre ensure that the graduates are well equipped with knowledge of up-to-date concepts and skills, current technologies and methods, and have the ability to adapt to new demands in a dynamic and technologically driven world of the oil and gas and related industry.
In addition, the programmes offer leadership training to make the graduates functional and productive in the multidisciplinary approach necessary for solving subsurface problems in the Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering. The programmes are executed through a well-structured, strong academia-industry linkage in content and delivery.
So far, the Centre has graduated seven (7) sets, comprising a total of 102 students. 91% of this number are already gainfully employed, with 44% on tenured technical positions in major oil and gas companies in Nigeria and 23% in the academia. The remainder are either in government establishments or on private practice.
PROGRAMMES AND DISTINCTIVENESS
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the following postgraduate programmes of the NNPC/Shell JV Centre of Excellence in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering, University of Benin:
1). M.Sc. Integrated Petroleum Exploration and Evaluation Studies (Geology Option)
2). M.Sc. Integrated Petroleum Exploration and Evaluation Studies (Geophysics Option)
3). M.Sc. Integrated Petroleum Engineering and Production Studies
The programmes are intended for highly motivated graduates wishing to pursue professional careers in the Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering, including practising professionals currently
employed in the Exploration and Production industry as well as Geoscience Agencies and Consulting firms or organizations.
The programmes are offered on full-time basis, and designed to cover a period of 18 calendar months that includes 12 months of academic work (lectures, team course projects, hands-on software training, field trips, laboratory work and self-learning) and a mandatory 6 months of internship in an Exploration & Production Company or other Geosciences Organizations and Agencies geared towards executing a practical integrated research project.
Chargeable fees for the programmes are competitive and comparable with the quality of learning delivered. Applicants are advised to apply for external sponsorships.
Intended Applicants must possess either of the following:
First degree from recognized Universities, in Geology, Geophysics or Petroleum Engineering, with a minimum of Second Class Upper Division grade.
First degree in any other relevant fields in the Physical Sciences or Engineering with a minimum of Second Class Upper Division grade.
METHOD OF APPLICATION
Candidates should visit waeup.uniben.edu website .
Click on the CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE 2023/2024 CYCLE APPLICATION.
Click on REGISTER FOR APPLICATION after reading instructions on the page.
Follow the relevant steps outlined.
Payment is via the Interswitch platform which uses any valid ATM or CASHCARD for any commercial bank in Nigeria.
Photocopies of the degrees (academic transcripts to be requested from awarding institutions and sent to the Postgraduate School).
Letter of recommendation from at least three (3) referees, one of who must be an academic staff of the department from the graduating institution.
Corporate bodies and agencies that wish to nominate their staff can do so by endorsing completed application forms as sponsors and requesters.
All candidates must provide a brief description in not more than one page of their work experience and current task(s) and how the training will add value to them.
Application forms should be submitted online by 15thNovember, 2022 to:
University of Benin, Benin City.
Shortlisted candidates will be notified and invited for interview towards final selection into the programme.
For further enquiries, please contact +234 (0)8167629784 or [email protected]
University of Benin, Benin City.