EMERALD INSTITUTE OF ECONOMICS, POLICY AND STRATEGIC STUDIES

In a bid to broaden the scope of its activities, the Emerald Centre for Petroleum Economics, Policy and Strategic Studies, is now known as Emerald Institute of Economics, Policy and Strategic Studies. This disclosure was made by the pioneer Director of the Institute, Professor Ben Naanen, in an interview with UNIPORT Weekly last Tuesday in his office.

 
Professor Naanen said that the change in name was necessitated by the need to re-focus the Centre to offer world-class Postgraduate training in Petroleum and Energy Economics, Energy Policy and Strategic Studies, adding that the Vice-Chancellor and the benefactor of the Centre, Dr. Emmanuel Egbogah, have given approval for the change in name and the Institute’s new operational structure.
 
The Director said that the Institute will carry out applied research in the above-mentioned fields, as well as provide strategic directives for them, adding that the Institute is supposed to advise Government and policy- makers on issues related to the oil and gas Industry. Professor Naanen also disclosed that the Institute would soon begin a Master’s degree programme in Petroleum and Energy Economics and Management and Petroleum and Energy Economics, Policy and Strategic Studies, as well as Doctor of Philosophy degrees and also offer continuing education through Executive programmes.
 
“We will also be mounting Postgraduate Diploma programmes in Petroleum Economics and Management. In addition to training professionals for the Industry, the PGD programme is also intended to serve as an entry qualification to the Master’s programme for those who do not have the necessary background” he said, adding that “The entire academic programme of the Institute is designed to provide high-level manpower that would manage the energy and petroleum industry in Nigeria and also for policy specialists in the field. We hope to make it a Centre of Excellence”.
 
Professor Naanen also disclosed that “Although it is essentially a Postgraduate programme, we intend to run a Professional Certificate programme in oil and gas and marketing of chemicals, targeted at operators of filling stations, gas and chemicals retail outlets.
The Director, who said that the programmes would commence in the next academic session, stated that the proposal would be sent to the University Senate for approval in the next two weeks, adding that the programme which would be highly competitive, would be of the very high quality.
 
On collaborative programmes of the Institute, Professor Naanen said that “At the moment, we are in the process of signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of Dundee, on academic programmes as well as in other issues of mutual interest.
 

1. A Brief History and Overview of the Institute

The Senate of the University of Port Harcourt in 2008 established the Emerald Energy Centre for Petroleum Economics, Policy & Strategic Studies.   Considering that the entire energy sector has strategic importance beyond petroleum, the change in emphasis was subsequently effected in the name as the Emerald Institute for Energy Economics, Policy and Strategic Studies.

The Institute was designed as an international collaborative graduate school producing high-level manpower to manage energy (especially petroleum); conduct joint and applied research, develop government policy inputs and provide strategic input on international energy geo-politics.

2. The Mission and Vision  of the Institute

The mission of the Centre is to meet the needs of the petroleum and energy industry through commitment to excellence in training, applied research, continuing education and capacity-building. 

Its vision, like that of its parent body the IPS, is to become the foremost world class centre of excellence in Petroleum Economics and Management and Strategic Studies in Africa. 


3. The Aim and Objectives of the Institute

The core objective of the Institute is to produce highly innovative and motivated
graduates equipped with sharpened competences, technical expertise, multi-disciplinary skills, soft-skills, as well as communication and team skills for optimum productivity.

 

4. The Organogram of the Institute

alt1. A Brief History and Overview of the Institute

The Senate of the University of Port Harcourt in 2008 established the Emerald Energy Centre for Petroleum Economics, Policy & Strategic Studies.   Considering that the entire energy sector has strategic importance beyond petroleum, the change in emphasis was subsequently effected in the name as the Emerald Institute for Energy Economics, Policy and Strategic Studies.

The Institute was designed as an international collaborative graduate school producing high-level manpower to manage energy (especially petroleum); conduct joint and applied research, develop government policy inputs and provide strategic input on international energy geo-politics.

2. The Mission and Vision  of the Institute

The mission of the Centre is to meet the needs of the petroleum and energy industry through commitment to excellence in training, applied research, continuing education and capacity-building. 

Its vision, like that of its parent body the IPS, is to become the foremost world class centre of excellence in Petroleum Economics and Management and Strategic Studies in Africa. 


3. The Aim and Objectives of the Institute

The core objective of the Institute is to produce highly innovative and motivated
graduates equipped with sharpened competences, technical expertise, multi-disciplinary skills, soft-skills, as well as communication and team skills for optimum productivity.


4. The Organogram of the Institute

                         

5. The Major Activities and Innovations of the Institute
Its modest activities effort so far has been in fulfilling its mandate in capacity building, through seminars, lectures, Conference, policy roundtables, the annual international Emmanuel Egbogah Legacy Lectures Series on Petroleum Economics & and Policy  and publishing proceedings.  The following key areas of interest to the Institute will also include petroleum economics, energy management, petroleum asset management, oil and gas commercialization policy and strategies, petroleum investment analysis, risk analysis in petroleum ventures, petroleum fiscal systems, fiscal issues in oil and gas management, sustainable development of the Niger Delta, strategic studies, Gulf of Guinea, community relations, local content policy studies, gas to power etc.

6. The Potential for Collaboration and Partnership

 The Institute when fully operational will, in addition, develop collaborative post graduate programmes in partnership with industry and conduct strategic research.  Also, the Institute has opened a direct correspondence with the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, UK.

7 Training Programmes

 The Emerald Institute will offer a post-graduate diploma, MSc, and PhD degrees
in the  following academic programmes
M.Sc/PhD
• Energy Economics and Management
• Energy Economics, Policy and Strategic Studies  PGD
• Petroleum Economics and Management
• Certificate Programme  in Oil and Chemical Marketing

8. Administrative List/Past Administrator

1. Prof. Ben Naanen       -      Director
2. Dr. Eme Ekekwe        -      Assistant Director
3. Mrs. G. M. Kamalo    -      Personal Secretary
4. Mr. L. L. Baridoo       -      Administrative Asst

Past Administrator    -    Prof. O.JB Ojo  (Former Director)

9. Capacity Building

The Institute organizes public lectures, seminars, conferences and policy roundtables.   These include:

a) Oil and Sustainable Agriculture: Policy Options.
b) Corporate Social Responsibility  Policy and Crisis in the Niger Delta:
An appraisal of SPDC Global Memorandum of Understanding.
c) The Security and Strategic Implications of the Gulf of Guinea: Is the US
African Command the Way Forward?
d) Arms Proliferation and Instability in the Gulf of Guinea.
e) Instability in the Oil Industry
f) Where Does Nigeria and West Africa Fit within China’s Global Oil Strategy?
g) Oil Spill and Gulf of Guinea and Gulf of Mexico.
h) 1st Mini Policy Roundtable on OPEC and Nigeria’s Economic Interest.
i) 2nd Mini Policy Roundtable on the Crisis of the Niger Delta.
j) Abuja Petroleum Roundtable (APR) in Collaboration with EIS (Nigeria).
k) Policy Roundtable on the Report of the Technical Committee on the Niger Delta Crisis and more.
l) 1st  – 3rd  Dr. Emmanuel  Egbogah Legacy Lecture Series on Petroleum Economics, Policy & Strategic Studies

10. Achievements

The Institute had published the Following journals:

i) Port Harcourt Petroleum Review: An International Journal on Petroleum
& Energy Policy Review.
ii) Gulf of Guinea Update in Partnership with Energy Information
      Services (Nigeria) and GWEST (USA).
            
 Monographs
i) Ekekwe,  Eme (2004): Companies, Communities and Conflict in
      the Niger Delta.
ii) Egbogah, E. O. (2006): 50 Years of Oil & Gas Exploration and
                   Production..
iii) Iledare, O.W. (2008): Petroleum and the Future of Nigeria: Challenges, Constraints and Strategies for Growth and Development.
iv) Okodudu, S.A. (2008): Corporate Social Responsibility Policy and Crisis in the Niger Delta: An Appraisal of SPDC Global Memorandum of Understanding.
v) Ekekwe, E, Okodudu, S. A, Ukiwo, U. (2010): Development Challenges in the Niger Delta: Proceedings of a Roundtable on the Report of the Technical Committee on the Niger Delta.

11. Contact Information:
   Emerald Institute for Energy Economics, Policy and Strategic Studies,
               2nd Floor Basic Studies Building, University of Port Harcourt,
               PMB 323 Uniport. E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 Enquiries Call:
  Baridoo Ledor (+234-8037765465)
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