UG offering Associate Degree in Petroleum Engineering

─ course begins January 2019

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, January 19, 2019

In keeping with encouragement given to youths to position themselves for opportunities in the oil and gas sector, the University of Guyana is currently offering an Associate of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering.

According to Secretary of University Council, Registrar Nigel Gravesande, with the budding oil and gas sector, the university saw it “mandatory” to provide such a program to the Guyanese public.

Gravesande explained “Guyana found itself not only as a new comer to the industry, but also relatively unprepared without the necessary skills to make a significant contribution to the production that was targeted to commence in 2020.”

The University Registrar underscored that “this situation gave rise to the demand for these requisite skills in this highly specialized area of petroleum engineering to be developed locally, but also rapidly.”

Speaking during the second forum on ‘the Youth and the Oil and Gas sector’ Saturday, Gravesande noted that while the Technical and Vocational Training Education (TVET) Institutions have started to create an enabling environment for training, more had to be done to ensure “sustainable exploration, development and production of the nation’s petroleum assets”.

The Associate of Science Degree course was introduced in January 2019 and is a two-year full academic term. Students taking the course will be engaged in workshop training and skills courses.

It was also noted that the course is being offered in collaboration with Trinidad and Tobago.

Anara Khan

Images: Jules Gibson

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