In 2008, the centre was founded and named the Centre for Space, Energy and Environmental Research in the University. The centre is dedicated to research in the three critical areas – Space, Energy and Environment which are increasingly relevant to the global community.
The centre was intended to be a centre of excellence in advanced and inter-disciplinary research relating to the three key areas of study which disseminates its findings to the global world on a continuous basis.
The Centre is poised to harness the research, knowledge and expertise of seasoned and distinguished scientists in academics and other related areas to help improve understanding and promote the management of space, energy and environment in Nigeria and other parts of the world.
(i). MOU between the University Centre and National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) on a new project is in the pipeline.
(ii). Also, SAISKA MEC TECHNOLOGIES has been a very good collaborator engaged to promote indigenous technology through sustainable researches that span across different areas of human endeavours.
(iii). The Centre is a basic requirement for the research collaboration with the CBSS. The Centre’s environmental section will also be required to conduct research on various environmental pollutions currently posing serious threats to health in both the Urban and Rural areas of Nigeria.
(iv). The energy requirement of the world is increasing at an astronomical rate and scientists are in continual search for new energy sources. Some Scientists and Researchers in the University are already working on developing alternative energy sources such as solar, wind, biogas and geothermal. The Centre is needed in order to harness and harmonize the various research efforts of scientist and engineer researchers working on these alternative energy sources with a view to bringing out results.
Understanding that Agriculture is a dominant occupation of the people of Ondo State especially cocoa, providing income and employment opportunities for over seventy-five per cent of the population; recognising the role of Space Science and Technology as bedrock for sustainable Agricultural development necessary for socio-economic and industrial development of Ondo State and enhancement of the quality of life of its people in the Rural Urban Areas; realising that there is increase demand for agricultural products caused by population growth, thus, for sustainable optimum cocoa production in Ondo State, there is need for the use of Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) techniques which will help on the establishment/equipment of Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) laboratory in the University for the analysis of the Data Collection for the continuity of the project.
However, the Centre is in its new building complex with laboratories dedicated for the three key areas of research – space, energy and environmental. The Centre requires robust grant/funds for research to facilitate the implementation of projects.