The department of Petroleum Engineering at the University of Ibadan is the oldest such department in Nigeria. Formally established in 1971 as one of the foundation departments of the Faculty of Technology at the University of Ibadan, it has trained hundreds of Petroleum Engineers for the Nigerian Petroleum Industry and beyond. More than 50% of the Petroleum Engineering workforce in the Nigerian Petroleum Industry derived their initial professional training from the University of Ibadan.
The programs of the department are internationally competitive. Indeed the activities of the many alumni of this department, local and in diaspora, have consistently showed that graduates of the department are some of the best anywhere in the world. This would explain why the department was a recipient of the 2005 World Oil Award for excellence. Earlier in 2002, the department was selected to host the Schlumberger “Ambassador University” program in Africa, South of the Sahara. Earlier on, Shell Development Company of Nigeria as well as the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) have endowed Professorial Chairs in Petroleum Engineering in the Department, and designed it as a “Centre of Excellence in Petroleum Engineering.”
The commitment of members of staff and several member of the alumni have in many ways, been responsible for making all the above possible. Furthermore, the above achievements have been possible because in 1972 when the department started, it was very well equipped by the Canadian Agency for International Development (CIDA) so that it could perform its functions as a frontline educational department. However, since CIDA folded up its program in Nigeria in 1975 (or there about), there had been no additional facilities or enhancements to keep these assets in reasonable working order until the current intervention efforts of PTDF.
In the Department of Petroleum Engineering, University of Ibadan, we have had substantial success stories in the last few years in the initial drive to build up the physical facilities with the completion of the following:
- The UI-Schlumberger Learning Center, completed in 2002
- The Shell Chair Building complex, completed 2004
- The PTDF building complex, to be completed within the next few months
- Donation of Audio-Visual Equipment for use in our lectures – Alumni in ChevronTexaco Oil Company.
- Donation of Internet connectivities facilities and equipment to connect the department to worldwide web – Alumni in Schlumberger Oil Services.
- Donation of many units of computers for students and staff uses by SPDC
With all these physical facilities completed and in place, the University of Ibadan Department of Petroleum Engineering will perhaps soon become the best equipped such department in Africa.
The Petroleum Engineering Department of the University of Ibadan has grown and developed over the years. The Ibadan program was the first in Nigeria to be approved by COREN (Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria) in 1979. This accreditation was again renewed by COREN in 1989, and 2000. The department was first accredited by NUC in 1991. During the 1999/2000 NUC re-accreditations, the program passed in two of the three major ones. It scored 32 as against 28 minimum in academic content, 10 as against 13 as minimum in staffing and 19 as against 18 points in physical facilities. The department was given an interim accreditation status because of physical facilities.
Since then, a number of improvements have been undertaken with aspects to staffing, academic content and physical facilities. The department now has three endowed Professorial Chairs that have allowed interaction with the industry. With a number of well-qualified academic staff and three well-equipped laboratories, the department is poised to maintain academic excellence in the new millennium.