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The Africa Center of Excellence in Oilfield Chemicals Research (ACE-CEFOR) is one of 22 World Bank-funded Centers of Excellence established in 2013, to promote home grown and regional research networks that will help to develop the human capital in Africa.

ACE-CEFOR aims to develop the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry (in particular) and those of other African countries (in general) where oil and gas have been discovered.

The apparent lack of research Centres in the Gulf of Guinea, and indeed Africa, capable of producing competent researchers in Petroleum and related disciplines is also another motivating factor.

Specifically, we possess good learning infrastructure, focus on research programmes relevant to West and Central Africa as well as regional training, high capacity to mobilize financial resources from the private sector, and a more autonomous operational identity required for efficient project implementation.

ACE-CEFOR operates on the basis of triple helix model of government-academia-industry partnership and thus creates a research network of higher institutions for knowledge and technology transfer.

The postgraduate courses and research are designed, organised and taught on modular basis with teaching responsibility shared amongst experienced and active resource persons from the collaborating universities and Industry partners. The industry partners are involved in our curricula review and providing places for, at least, one month internship placement for our postgraduate students and faculties.

Therefore, our strong university-industry relationships with the resultant cross-fertilization of ideas have continued to be a veritable source of solutions to development challenges especially as they relate to the oil and gas sector.

The Centre has recorded landmark achievements till date.

  • Out of the 53 candidates admitted in the first batch (2013/2014 Session), 37 graduated in March 2017, within the minimum target time and presently about 90% of them are gainfully employed. In March 2019, a further 7 PhD students from the first batch also graduated, bringing the total number of graduates to 44. Out of the 70 Ph.D. students admitted in the second batch (2016/2017 session), 9 are regional students from countries in East and West Africa. The second batch students have completed their course work and are now fully into the research aspect of their programme. The third batch of 64 PhD students admitted in the 2017/2018 session have begun lectures.
  • Total number of 383 participants took part in short courses and internship programmes.
  • More than 200 participants had international certification as Environmental Professionals with the National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP) USA.
  • The Center received national accreditation from the National Universities Commission (NUC) for 12 of its post graduate programmes coordinated by ACE-CEFOR.
  • The Center carried out international gap analysis in the Petroleum and Gas Engineering programmes in June 2017 by ABET.
  • More than 100 papers arising from research work of students from ACE-CEFOR have been published in reputable journals.
  • We also attracted more than 60 experts both from the academia and industry as resource persons and as well entered into several partnerships with the industry, professional bodies and foreign universities.
  • With the help of World Bank support, the ACE-CEFOR building was completed and commissioned in March 2018. The building has the following facilities: Language lab, E-library, Lecture/Conference halls, Offices, Video conferencing facilities and full internet facilities.

Our Vision

Our vision is to become the leading Centre of Excellence in Oilfield Chemicals Studies in Africa.

The motivation for undertaking this project is the desire to promote home grown and regional research networks that will help to develop the human capital in Africa.

Also, to develop the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry (in particular) and those of other African countries (in general) where oil and gas have been discovered.

Our Mission

The mission of ACE-CEFOR is to provide international post-graduate programmes and applied multi-disciplinary research in engineering and the sciences for sustainable development of the oil and gas industry in Africa.