Total Exploration and Production Nigeria has concluded plans to train nine Nigerian lecturers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States 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.
He added that the MIT-ETT project was part of Total’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, done in conjunction with its partners.
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.