PTDF Collaborates with Brazil on Oil and Gas Education
Vanguard – The Petroleum Technology Development Fund, PTDF, said it is going into partnership with some institutions in Brazil, for sponsorship arrangement on scholars’ tuition and research in various oil and gas disciplines.
This is in a bid to address the challenges confronting the petroleum industry and further proffer solutions by improving learned capacity to enforce such development. In a statement, the Acting Executive Secretary of PTDF, Mr. Ahmed Galadima Aminu, said the partnership is important at this time considering the downturn in Nigeria’s fortunes amid the fall in crude oil price at the International market.
He explained that the partnership marks the commencement of a new initiative in the operation of PTDF Overseas Scholarship Scheme, adding that from September this year, the fund will begin full empowerment of Nigerian scholars to the university on free tuition arrangement.
He described the development as a significant milestone for the Fund, saying: “This event today marks the formalisation of a relationship between PTDF and one of the outstanding universities in Brazil and indeed in South America. Mutually beneficial relationship “For the first time we are sending Nigerian students overseas to study oil and gas related courses on tuition free basis, so we are highly excited with the collaboration. “We believe that this is going to be the beginning of a mutually beneficial relationship between PTDF and the University of Sao Paulo and between Nigeria and Brazil.”
He added that the fund has also concluded discussions and consultations for partnership agreements with the German Academic Exchange Services; the French Government Eiffel Executive Scholarship; the Brazil National Council for Scientific and Technological Development; the Sao Paulo Research Foundation; and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Also speaking, the Dean, University of Sao Paulo, Prof. José Roberto Castilho Piqueira, was quoted as saying that this marks the beginning of an enduring relationship and partnership between the University and Nigeria, through the fund to achieve technological independence.
To this end, both PTDF and USP agreed to begin the cooperation with 20 post graduate students from Nigeria, to begin their studies at the University of Sao Paulo in September 2016.