Cranfield University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), Nigeria to continue as its training provider.
For over a decade Cranfield University has been at the forefront of providing postgraduate teaching and research to PTDF, Nigeria. The signing of the MOU comes at a perfect time when the Government in Nigeria is focussing heavily on the provision of local content while building capacity in the oil and gas sector.
Professor Clifford Friend, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Regional and International Affairs, signed on behalf of Cranfield University and speaking at the event he said: “The collaboration will enable PTDF and Cranfield to work more closely in meeting the demands of the sector. The contract also endorses the fact that PTDF would like to continue its long term relationship with Cranfield and the value that it places on the engagement.”
Professor Feargal Brennan, Director of Energy at Cranfield added: “This agreement comes almost ten years after Cranfield and PTDF began to work together, in that period training over 220 MSc and almost 50 PhD students, which represents a significant investment into highly trained oil and gas professionals for the ever growing Nigerian oil and gas sector. Cranfield values the relationship enormously and is immensely proud of its PTDF alumni and of our significant role in helping to build energy capacity in the region. We look forward to developing the relationship further over the coming years and in particular, to ensure a better provision of local content into the research and training programmes offered to the PTDF students.”
The visit from the PTDF’s Executive Secretary follows an invitation from the Cranfield team led by Professor Hoi Yeung, when they met their counterparts in Abuja in July.
Notes for editors
The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) is a parastatal under the Ministry of Petroleum Resources established by Degree 25 of 1973 dedicated for the purpose of development, promotion and implementation of petroleum technology and manpower development through research and training of Nigerians as graduates, professionals, technicians and craftsmen in the fields of engineering, geology, geosciences, management, economics and relevant fields in the petroleum and solid minerals industry.
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