A graduation ceremony was held in Algeria last week to celebrate the success of 72 graduates who obtained a MSc Drilling and Well Engineering from Robert Gordon University (RGU).
The graduates are the latest cohort of employees from major Algerian oil and gas company Sonatrach which RGU has been working with since 2004, delivering education and training services in country.
Hosted by the Algerian Petroleum Institute (IAP), the ceremony was attended by a number of senior officials including the Managing Director of IAP, Dr Abdelaziz Nacer, the Algerian Minister of Energy, Dr Youcef Yousfi, the Governor of Boumerdes, Mr Kamel Abbas, the UK Ambassador for Algeria, Mr Andrew Nobel, and the CEO of Sonatrach, Mr Said Sahnoun, as well as representatives from RGU including the Vice Principal of Student Experience and External Relations, Shona Cormack.
RGU delivered the MSc to the cohort in Algeria, equipping the Sonatrach employees with the additional skills and expertise required for the company’s exploration and production aims.
The Algerian Minister of Energy, Dr Youcef Yousfi, said: "The training of specialists in the oil and gas industry is a priority in our field as it has increasing need for experts. This graduating class of students is an actual part of the training process."
Along with Dr Youcef Yousfi, the CEO of Sonatrach Mr Said Sahnoun congratulated the 72 graduates during the ceremony.
Mr Said Sahnoun said: "The ceremony was full of many meanings for Sonatrach including realising our aim to raise the level of skills of our managers and specialists to meet the needs of our Drilling Division. Since completing their studies, some of the cohort have already been working in the field, putting their new specialist skills and knowledge to practice.”
RGU’s relationship with Sonatrach is one of the university’s biggest educational partnerships. It began when RGU signed a contract to deliver an MSc programme in Asset Management with Petroleum Economics in 2004, and has since delivered a large and varied number of MSc and MBA courses.
The courses, which range from Asset Management to Drilling and Well Engineering, to Business Administration and to Project Management, have been delivered in Algeria by academics from RGU’s School of Engineering and Aberdeen Business School through a combination of face-to-face teaching, self-study and online distance learning.
Anna DuthieCommunications Officer