Norway to transfer MSc gas, oil program to UDSM

09Dec 2018
Aisia Rweyemamu
Guardian On Sunday
Norway to transfer MSc gas, oil program to UDSM

PLANS are underway to transfer to the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) so as to start offering Masters of Science degree in petroleum geosciences and petroleum engineering.

Currently, the degree is being offered to Tanzanian students with assistance from Norway at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at UDSM, Prof. Cuthbert Kimambo said on Friday evening that the university was continuing to work with the Norwegian university to train students through a distant learning model.

He was speaking at the 4th Angola Tanzania Higher Education Initiative (ANTHEI) graduation ceremony, sponsored by the Equinor Tanzania Scholarship program.

The program provides full scholarships for 10 students annually to pursue MSc degree in petroleum geosciences and petroleum engineering at NTNU.

In his remarks, Prof. Kimambo said in the first two years as they continue strengthening local staff capacity, they are also counting on the industry, Equinor and other companies to provide supervision and support visiting professors from Norway and elsewhere who can help run the program.

He said they are also counting on the Norwegian government, Equinor and NTNU to support them in staff training at PhD level as well as equipping university laboratories for smooth delivery of the program and conducting research in the petroleum subsector.

UDSM will continue to play its role in furthering aspirations of the nation to be self reliant in various aspects of high level manpower requirements, he stated.

“We shall continue to offer our support and fully participate in this and any other endeavors that aim to generate local experts for the petroleum sector,” he declared.

Speaking at the event, the Norwegian ambassador to Tanzania, Elizabeth Jacobsen said that with the support of Equinor, a total of 60 students have enrolled in the ANTHEI program since 2012 and so far 50 have graduated.

 “The students spent the first year at Norwegian university of science and technology doing course work and the second year at UDSM doing thesis,” she elaborated.

UDSM and NTNU are discussing possibilities for a sustainable model to continue with the collaboration after this phase of cooperation is completed next year, she specified.

The development of PhD programmes at UDSM would lay the ground for availability of highly competent lecturers at UDSM in the future and training of the next generation, the envoy noted.

“The main priority of Norway’s cooperation is to help Tanzanian improve its domestic resource mobilization. We also provide support for strengthening tax collection and improving public financial management,” Ambassador Jacobsen intoned.

“I believe what ANTHEI represents is what Tanzania needs at this moment, and perhaps Mwalimu Nyerere would have forgiven me if I said ANTHEI serves the purposes of Tanzania, developing its own resources and building national experience in a key sector for the country’s future,” she remarked.

Mette Ottoy, the Country Manager for Equinor Tanzania, said in 2014 the company set out collaboration between the University of Stavanger Business School and the University of Dar es Salaam Business School (UDBS), which resulted into new masters programs in Finance and Accounting in Oil and Gas (MFA-OG).

“Today we also have a group of 26 graduated students from UDBS, 1O of the graduate were sponsored by Equinor to pursue the program,” he added.