CNOOC awards scholarships to four Guyanese students

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CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited (CPGL) has awarded scholarships to four students from Guyana to pursue studies in Petroleum Sciences in China for the academic year 2023-2024. These four promising scholars—Nechemiyah Levans, Aria Matthews, Ishika Singh, and Nazeela Williams—are the first batch to benefit from a broader initiative by CPGL, aimed at granting 10 scholarships over the next three years.

The scholarship award ceremony, held on July 14, included a signing initiative and was graced by esteemed figures, including CPGL’s President, Liu Xiaoxiang. Liu asserted that this undertaking underscores CPGL’s deep-seated commitment to fostering local content and capacity building through their CSR programs. He explained that education constitutes a central pillar of their CPGL’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, and that CPGL has consistently participated in multiple education-related CSR programs over the past few years.

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Among those present were Vickram Bharrat, Minister of Natural Resources, and Her Excellency Madame Guo Haiyan, the Ambassador of China to Guyana. Madame Haiyan lauded the initiative as a commendable act of bilateral cooperation steered by the commercial sector. She also highlighted it as an excellent example of a Chinese company giving back to the community—a practice strongly encouraged by her Embassy.

CPGL President, Mr. Liu Xiaoxiang and Min. of Natural Resources, Vickram Bharrat signing scholarship agreement

Mr. Bharrat said his ministry is enthused to collaborate with CPGL for the selection and postgraduate allocation of the graduates. The Minister underscored that these scholarships would help fill a significant gap in tertiary education provision for the oil and gas sector. CPGL will bear the full cost of education, transportation, and living expenses for the selected students. Upon completion of their studies, the scholars will be obliged to serve either the Ministry or CPGL for a minimum term of five years.

The scholars were selected by a joint panel comprising representatives from CPGL and the Ministry of Natural Resources, after a public advertisement for the scholarship program. The scholars expressed their gratitude to both CPGL and the Ministry of Natural Resources for the opportunities presented and pledged to pursue their studies diligently.

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