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Total E&P has been a leading player in Nigeria’s upstream sector since 1962 under the name Safrap, and we have produced 3 billion barrels of oil here in that time. The country is also home to Total’s largest deep offshore project, EGINA.


We are committed to working with local Nigeria communities in the fields of health, education, infrastructure and economic development, through sustainable and innovative local programs. One of the most notable is ‘Empowering the Teachers’ (ETT), a focused fellowship offered by Total and MIT Africa to Nigerian university faculty in the fields of science and engineering. Selected candidates get the chance to develop new curriculum and teaching methods based on MIT`s approach, with an emphasis on problem solving and developing entrepreneurial attitudes among students.


Teachers spend one Semester at MIT in the USA, before returning to their home university to share what they have learnt and implement positive changes. An important moment for the program was the ETT summit in January 2017, an opportunity to herald the successes of the program so far. Industry and academia representatives joined ETT alumni for this special occasion.


Francisca Oladipo is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the Federal University Lokoja, and formerly a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Nigeria and holds a PhD in Computer Science, where her current research focus is on the Re-architecture and Development of Evolutionary Software Systems. 


Reflecting on her experience, she says that, “I learnt innovative teaching styles through the ETT program, including techniques to develop open-ended problem solving and the development of innovative curricula for the course I am teaching in my home university.” She adds, “In addition to all these benefits, I learnt to articulate my research positions, developed a philosophy to guide my teaching, set expectations for all my students at each phase of the learning process, and incorporate hands-on sessions into my classes.”


“I am currently at the leadership cadre in my department and this puts me in a unique position to change the faces of teaching and research in my department and university. Presently, all academic staff are being tutored on how to produce course syllabus descriptions for the courses they teach. I have instituted the review of our curriculum and all core computer science courses are being overhauled.”