Effective Research Collaboration between the University and Industry (U-I) plays a very important role in pushing the frontiers of knowledge and developing new technologies thereby making them powerful engines for innovation and economic growth. Some developed economies have achieved a long-standing tradition of collaboration between universities and industry which maintains a pool of subject-matter specialists within the academic community, ensuring handy solutions to emerging industry challenges, among other benefits. However in Nigeria, there is a growing gap between the academia and the industry. This may have contributed to the low rating of graduates from Nigerian universities in terms of technical competence, as many of the students’ research engagements are not tied to the industry.

This paper therefore aims to examine and evaluate the status of research collaboration that exists among petroleum engineering, geosciences schools and the oil industry, and recommendations to reinforce and enhance the effectiveness of U-I collaboration in Nigeria were proposed.

Joint research projects carried out between selected universities from the six geopolitical zones and the oil industry in the last two decades were analyzed in order to identify the barriers to effective U-I collaboration. Survey questionnaires were developed and administered to faculty members and oil industry managers to elicit the frequency of interaction by types of engagement and barriers. The survey data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics.

The implications of the findings from this study are utilized to recommend policies aimed at facilitating effective U-I collaboration.

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