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NNPC/TotalEnergies MIT-Empowering the Teachers Program (MIT-ETT) 2024

The MIT-Empowering the Teachers (MIT-ETT) program provides an intense, semester long teaching-focused engagement for selected cohorts of faculty members (ETT Fellows) from African universities. By introducing the ETT Fellows to cutting edge student-focused teaching methodologies the ETT strives to foster innovation in science and engineering education in tertiary academic institutions in Africa. Our vision for the students of our Fellows is to graduate ready for the demands of today’s job market, equipped with hands-on problem solving and critical thinking capabilities. NNPC Ltd. & TotalEnergies EP Nigeria are the corporate partners and sponsors of the program.

The approach to science and engineering education in African universities is yet to adopt a focus on problem solving, innovation and creativity. Furthermore standards in these tertiary institutions have retrogressed due to severe neglect and lack of investment. Curricular and assessment methods have not adopted practices that encourage critical thinking, open ended problem solving and creativity, rather they are still built around teacher-centered lecture rooms that focus on information acquisition, memorization and regurgitation at closed book examination. Consequently, these academic institutions have not produced science and engineering graduates needed by industry to add value.

Aim and Benefits 

The program covers basic travel, living, and instructional material expenses. During their time at MIT, fellows will:

  • Attend classes similar to those they teach, gaining insights into innovative teaching methodologies.
  • Develop new curricular materials and teaching approaches for adoption in their home universities.
  • Participate in MIT-ETT seminars focusing on curriculum design and MIT cultural aspects.


To qualify for the NNPC/TotalEnergies ETT Fellowship, applicants must:

  • Be passionate about developing new curricula and teaching methods, demonstrating a commitment to driving change.
  • Hold a Ph.D. and serve as a faculty member in a Nigerian university, specializing in disciplines such as Computer Science, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical or Petroleum Engineering, or Geophysics.
  • Possess a Lecturer One rank within their respective institutions.

Application Deadline

September 27, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on to apply

  • Applications will undergo thorough vetting by an MIT committee.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews in Lagos during the week of July 22.
  • Selected candidates will receive interview notifications at the beginning of July 2024.

For more details,visit MIT website

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