Uganda’s National Council for Higher Education(NCHE) has ratified the Institute of Petroleum Studies in Kampala (IPSK)as a Degree-Awarding Establishment to help fill the Employment Rift in the Oil and Gas Industry
By Abdul Rahman Bangura-
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS (NABN) Freetown, Sierra Leone– The Other Awarded Degree Status (ODAI) granted by the National Council for Higher Education(NCHE) forthwith enables the establishment to amongst others educate and grant Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Oil and Gas, Environmental Health, and Safety Management.
This recent prominence arrives after IPSK’s ten-year prosperous advanced journey since attaining its first authorization as a university. Directed by the Petroleum Authority of Uganda and the Ministry of Education, successfully organized the Uganda Oil and Gas Trainers Association to unite gaps related.
According to Lindah Nalubanga Kasiisa, the Senior National Content Officer of the Uganda Petroleum Authority, more staff up to a quarter a million workforce is required for the aborning oil and gas sector and desire for enhanced skilling as development activities roll out.
She nonetheless announced the sector is easily linking the ability gap by facilitating knowledge transfer from foreigners to denizens so that linking successfully participates in the sector.
“We are building capacity by training Ugandans with the help of expatriates on how to advance different areas of technical work. We have nationalized 50 key jobs in four years, which is rare in other countries,” Nalubanga, asserted.
Heeding to research, IPSK Director Patrick Ruhanuza explained that they are negotiating with academic research and the idea is to give an anthology of modern input that is crucial to the thriving industry.
“Our aim is not only to create new knowledge that addresses current issues but also to develop new information related to oil and gas needs,” Ruhanuza explained.
According to Abraham Nkata, Chairman of the IPSK Governing Council, “Risk should be seen as an opportunity for the country, which needs to find interventions to mitigate risk as a strategic step.”
“The vision of the country is that Ugandan oil & gas professionals are sought after internationally and will occupy senior management, middle management, and technical positions worldwide. It is essential that Ugandans are educated on internationally recognized qualifications and standards,” Nkata discerned.
“This is the confidence of the oil and gas industry that they have the qualifications to ensure that Ugandans have the technical skills and
competencies required by the industry.”
For New Africa Business News (NABN) Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent