University of Guyana set to launch first oil and gas programme this month

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The University of Guyana will be introducing an Associate of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering this month.

Registrar of the University, Dr. Nigel Gravesande, said so far, 74 persons have indicated an interest in participating in the programme when it commences.

He was speaking to a room filled with young people at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, in Georgetown, as the Department of Youth presented the second Youth and Oil and Gas Sector forum, with a special focus on training.

The programme, Dr. Gravesande said, is being administered in collaboration with the University of Trinidad and Tobago and will be offered through the Faculty of Engineering and Technology at the University of Guyana.

“The Associate Degree is a two year, full-time programme of study in which a strong foundation in Mathematics, Physics, and fundamentals in Petroleum technology will be established during the first year of study,” he said.

In the first semester of the first year, he highlighted that students will be required to complete a workshop skills training course to help them with the practical/hands-on skills that will be required for the industry.

He added too that, “In the second semester of the first year, the emphasis is focused on the technical aspects of Petroleum Engineering. These include drilling, production, reservoir characterization, and management skills. All students will be required to complete a mandatory in-house industry project which will incorporate the knowledge gained from all the courses covered in the Associate Degree Programme.”

Once successful, the students can choose to move on to the Bachelor Degree programme in Petroleum Engineering.

Dr. Gravesande said, “It is an exciting new programme” for which all Guyanese should take advantage.

Meanwhile, on Friday, January 25, the University of Guyana will be hosting a symposium to officially launch both the Associate Degree and Master of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering.

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