Education Support

Shell’s support for educational development involves assisting host communities to provide sustainable and qualitative education that ultimately reaches all the people. This involves active consultation at all stages of development planning, implementation and evaluation, with all stakeholders.

SPDC has a number of professorial chairs in Universities with the objectives of promoting teaching and research, providing research grant for academia, enhancing the quality of graduates in the selected disciplines and promoting technological development in Nigeria.

EDUCATION SUPPORT PROGRAMES

Shell Professorial Chairs

Seven Shell Professorial Chairs were endowed to support educational advancement and promote excellence in select Nigerian universities.

Shell recognizes the need for collaboration with Nigerian Universities for the sustenance and improvement of human and technological development. In furtherance of this recognition, SCiN have endowed 8 University Professorial Chairs in selected disciplines for teaching and research, and sponsored the establishment of 2 Centres of Excellence in two Nigerian Universities with the mandate to promote educational advancement and the pursuit of excellence in the area of Geosciences, Petroleum Engineering and Environmental Management and Control.

Shell Eco-marathon

Eco-marathon Team UNILAG at the opening ceremony, Ecomarathon Europe 2014 in Rotterdam

The Shell Eco-marathon is a unique competition that challenges students across the world to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient vehicles and participate in a race to achieve the farthest distance on the least fuel.

For the first time, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) Joint Venture supported a group of Nigerian students (Team Nigeria), from the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and the University of Benin (UNIBEN) to participate in the competition in Rotterdam, Netherlands in May 2014.

Shell Eco-marathon challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test ultra energy-efficient vehicles. With annual events in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the winners are the teams that go the furthest using the least amount of energy. The events spark debate about the future of mobility and inspire young engineers to push the boundaries of fuel efficiency.

2014 South Africa Highlights

South Africa hosted a mini Eco-marathon event for the first time in Africa. The South African event brought together twelve teams from various universities and high schools from South Africa and Nigeria.

2014 Rotterdam Highlights

Check out some of the highlights and most interesting stories from Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2014 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

2013 Highlights

Shell Companies in Nigeria supported a group of Nigerian students and academics (Team Nigeria) to participate as observers in 2013 Shell Eco-marathon Europe.

Research & Development

The programme seeks to leverage on the capacity in Nigerian universities to conduct R&D studies, and thus enable select universities (Shell Chair institutions) to become not just centres for resolving E&P challenges, but also platforms for effective training and development of future E&P recruits. 

In 1996, Shell began an initiative that would enable experts, particularly the Shell Professors, from various disciplines in Nigerian universities to help in providing solutions to the company’s Exploration & Production challenges through Research and Development projects. Such challenges had previously been referred to research laboratories in Europe and the United States for resolution. Under this programme, Shell invests in the development of research facilities in relevant disciplines in these universities, and also provides funds for the payment of research personnel.

The programme seeks to leverage on the available capacity in Nigerian universities to conduct R&D studies, and thus enable select universities (Shell Chair institutions) to become not just centres for resolving E&P challenges, but also platforms for effective training and development of future E&P recruits.  

The following R&D studies have been conducted:

  • In search of evidence for hydrocarbon induced magnetic anomalies in the Niger Delta province – a cost saving approach to finding prospects. Prof S.B. Ojo, Shell Professor of Geophysics, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. 2009
  • Locating by-passed oil and enhanced definition of prospects using rock properties, reservoir petrophysical parameters and 4D seismic in two fields. Prof J.O. Ebeniro, Geophysics Research Group, Department of Physics, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt. 2009
  • Hazardous air pollutants in urban, rural and industrial areas. Lead researcher: Prof C.T.I. Odu, Shell Professor of Environmental Studies, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt. 2006
  • Development of a realistic simulation model for the Diebu Creek E1000X reservoir. Lead researcher: Prof G.K. Falade, Shell Professor of Petroleum Engineering, University of Ibadan, Ibadan. 2005

Sabbatical and Research

The Sabbatical and Research Attachment programmes were initiated in the early 1980s to support the Nigerian Academia in acquiring oil industry experience.

Open to academic staff of Nigerian universities who have attained the position of Senior Lecturer and above, the programme offers them an opportunity to conduct studies on exploration and production challenges and to work on assignments that add value to Company business.

Through this programme, university lecturers gain useful experience and exposure to new technologies that they would take back to the classroom, thus enabling the transfer of new concepts in the industry as well as the latest technologies to students. To date, 320 Professors, Associate Professors, Senior Lecturers and postgraduate students have benefited from the programnes.

Schooling on the Web

SPDC/NNPC joint venture sponsored the development and deployment of skooolNigeria, an interactive web-based solution for the teaching and learning of Mathematics and science subjects in Nigerian primary and secondary schools.

The SkooolNg programme is mapped to the national curriculum for the teaching and learning of science subjects; teachers and students can log on to the website and familiarise themselves with study notes, examination guides among other digital materials.

The website contains Mathematics and science modules, a curriculum-based content for Universal Basic Education (UBE) 7, 8 and 9. The content was developed by Intel Corporation under the joint sponsorship of Intel, SPDC and Education Trust Fund (ETF).  The skooolNigeria website maintains an interactive learning platform for both students and teachers of primary, junior and senior secondary schools. SPDC’s goal is to hand over content ownership to the Federal Ministry of Education, in the hope that it will be eventually adopted and deployed to all Nigerian schools.

Visit the skooolnigeria website - www.skooolnigeria.com

About skooolNigeria.com

The website provides highly innovative, interactive and exciting learning resources for both Junior Secondary School (JSS) and Senior Secondary School (SSS) students, in the form of interactive multimedia simulations. The main features are; an award-winning Mathematics toolkit, study notes, an exam centre that includes exam guides as well as study and revision tips. Progress tests are built into each of the lessons, which can be used to engage students and test their understanding.

skooolNigeria is not just for students. There are vast resources teachers could use creatively in the classroom, to add extra value to Mathematics and science classes. Teacher-student interaction in the classroom allows for discussion and analysis. Interactive lessons and simulations can be projected onto a screen or displayed on an interactive whiteboard so the class could follow as a group. Such collaboration helps develop critical thinking skills, as students observe and predict events.

Guest Lectureship

Shell Guest Lectureship and Summer Schools programme is a provision through which Shell staff impart their industry experience and knowledge to Nigerian university students. In this way, the company seeks to contribute to the enhancement of educational standards in Exploration & Production disciplines in Nigerian Universities.

In 2014, 100 students from six universities in the Niger Delta benefited from the weeklong Annual Shell Summer School for Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering.

The programme involved lectures, group discussions, syndicate practical sessions, interactive sessions and practical exercises in Geoscience, Engineering disciplines; Petroleum Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Petrochemical Engineering, Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.

Students Support

SPDC’s elaborate educational programme in the Niger Delta entails Scholarship Schemes including one specifically targetted at physically challenged students, Leadership Training for school prefects, Peace and Citizenship Education for youth, amongst others.

In 2014, $14.8 million was invested in scholarships by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) and plans are in place to award grants to 1,356 secondary school students and 925 university undergraduates in 2015.

Students Support Programs

Scholarship Schemes

Education, as all parents and guardians admit, is a long-term investment with an equally long gestation period, but it is one of the best legacies to bequeath to individuals, groups and society. That has been the belief of Shell Nigeria since 1952. In 2014, $14.8 million was invested in scholarships by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo).

SPDC operates various scholarship schemes, a welcome feature of educational development, especially in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria.

Cradle-to-Career Scholarship

The Cradle-to-Career Scholarship is an all-inclusive scholarship programme that provides opportunities for brilliant pupils of less-privileged background to attend reputable secondary schools in Nigeria.

University Scholarship Scheme

Application details

Apply to the 2016/2017 University Scholarship Award Scheme

Secondary School Scholarship Scheme

The Secondary School Scholarship Scheme is to enhance academic achievements among the students in SPDC host community schools.

Niger Delta Postgraduate Scholarship

This is an overseas scholarship programme that gives 10 places to candidates from SPDC’s operational areas to study for postgraduate qualifications at three top British institutions.

 

Student Internship/Research

Open primarily to talented Nigerian Postgraduate Students in Nigerian Universities but in exceptional cases to Nigerians in Overseas Universities.

The Research Internship programme provides the framework for the direct transfer of practical and current industry experience to Nigerian university research students. With the understanding of their university-appointed supervisors, graduate students (MSc, Ph.D) spend a year in Shell to conduct research on the E&P challenges of the Company.

The research reports produced by the interns at the end of the internship are adapted for presentation to their universities for the award of higher degrees. Shell offers approximately 20 research internship appointments yearly. Emoluments given to the interns cumulate to N50 million annually. A number of interns have taken up appointment with Shell on completion of their studies.

Graduate Awareness

The Graduate Awareness Program consists of campus fairs, knowledge sharing, career talks and interview skills workshops. It is focussed on top academic performers at the penultimate and final year classes, and apprises students of new or emerging industry technological developments.

The Graduate Awareness Program consists of campus fairs, knowledge sharing, career talks and interview skills workshops. It is focussed on top academic performers at the penultimate and final year classes, and apprises students of new or emerging industry technological developments. It also provides high potential students with information about Shell, and the types of activities the Company engages in. It aims at creating a desire in students to pursue a career in Shell.

The program has been conducted in University of Abuja; Federal University of Technology, Minna; Federal University of Technology, Yola; American University of Nigeria, Yola; University of Jos; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi; University of Maiduguri; Bayero University, Kano; and Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto.