The CNOOC Uganda Limited sponsored scholarship beneficiaries leaving for China to pursue a Bachelor of Petroleum Engineering at the China University of Petroleum-East China is a significant development in Uganda’s oil and gas sector.
CNOOC Uganda Limited has established an International Scholarship Programme with the aim of enhancing capacity building and skills development in the oil and gas industry. The programme also seeks to promote National Content participation in the industry, emphasising the company’s commitment to its area of operation and local communities, a September 26 statement said.
Since 2014, CNOOC Uganda Limited has sponsored a total of eight Ugandan students through this scholarship programme. Five students pursued bachelor’s degrees, and three undertook master’s degrees at China University of Petroleum (East China).
The scholarship recipients are expected to become future drilling engineers, production engineers, and completions engineers in Uganda’s oil and gas sector, contributing to the growth and development of the industry.
Jean Remmy Amanya, one of the scholarship beneficiaries, expressed gratitude to CNOOC Uganda Limited and everyone involved in awarding him the scholarship. He highlighted the importance of education and their commitment to academic excellence.
Mr. Liu Xiangdong, President of CNOOC Uganda Limited, emphasised the company’s dedication to education, capacity building, and national content development in Uganda. He praised the scholarship recipients for their academic achievements and potential to become future leaders in the country.
He said the aforesaid scholarship recipients were selected through a highly competitive process, underscoring their exceptional academic abilities and commitment to their studies.
Xiangdong said CNOOC Uganda Limited which is manning Kingfisher, located in Kikuube district and one of the oil fields in the Albertine Graben, is involved in broader capacity-building initiatives in Uganda, including The Best Performers Awards and Vocational Skills training programmes, demonstrating the company’s commitment to empowering youth and contributing to the nation’s development.
The send-off ceremony was attended by representatives from various departments within CNOOC Uganda Limited, the scholarship beneficiaries, and their families, highlighting the significance of the occasion and the support system in place for the students.
“CNOOC Uganda Limited remains committed to nurturing talent, empowering youth, and investing in Uganda’s future, particularly in the context of the oil and gas industry. This initiative reflects CNOOC Uganda Limited’s commitment to the development of local talent and the growth of the oil and gas sector in Uganda, aligning with broader goals of capacity building and national content participation,” Xiangdong, added.