ask http://dentalrealsaltillo.com/media/widgetkit/widgets/gallery/styles/showcase/template.php geneva;”>illness sans-serif;”>These lucky students were selected from over from over 3, cheap 000 candidates who applied for the scholarships following a call for applications by Tullow in January 2013.
Jimmy Mugerwa, General Manager Tullow Uganda announced the 2013 scholarship winners at a send-off dinner for the students at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala last Tuesday.
Five of the 20 scholarships worth $1.2 million a year have been awarded to successful applicants from Hoima and Buliisa districts where Tullow operates in order to encourage participation in the oil and gas industry by locals in the Bunyoro region.
“TGSS aims at supporting the national participation in the oil and gas industry and in other sectors that promote economic diversification,” said Mugerwa.
The fundamental objective of the scheme is to address both existing industry skills gaps and national capacity development requirements which are aligned to Tullow’s aim to support long-term socio-economic growth in countries where it operates.
“We are pleased to be expanding the local capacity base by extending this scholarship opportunity to talented Ugandans who will participate in the growth and success of the oil and gas industry and economic diversification in Uganda,” Mugerwa said.
Meanwhile, this year’s scheme offers a wide range of Post-graduate courses including; Geosciences, Oil and Gas Engineering, Oil and Gas Economics, Environmental Courses, Information Technology, Operations and Logistics Management, Law, Accounting and Finance in top United Kingdom universities such as the University of Manchester, Cardiff University, and the University of Dundee in England, Wales and Scotland, respectively.
Mr Mugerwa said “Developing Uganda’s human resources capacity is one of the key ingredients that are required to realize the best out of Uganda’s oil and gas wealth.”
“Uganda has discovered 3.5 billion barrels of oil. However, to get it out of the ground and make it useful to Ugandans, there’s a lot of human resource capacity, capital technology and cooperation that needs to be put in place under a $22 billion field development project,” he added.
He complained of the big human resource gap but noted that through initiatives such as the Tullow Group Scholarship Scheme, the gaps with be plugged.
This scholarship scheme is intended to help increase the number of people with expertise in oil and gas in Uganda.
“Tullow is committed to delivering on its promises. This is a great opportunity for the 20 talented Ugandans who have been chosen to make a real contribution to the future of our country,” Mugerwa noted.
Hon. Peter Lokeris, the State Minister for Mineral Development who was the guest of honour at the send off dinner lauded Tullow for awarding more scholarships to Ugandans.
“Over the past year, Tullow has also met its contractual obligations and supported the government with over $900,000 in training government officials in oil and gas related courses in various countries worldwide,” he said.
The Minister of state for Bunyoro Affairs, Ernest Kizza also commended Tullow Uganda for giving Bunyoro five out of the 20 scholarship slots and starting an initiative which is yielding healthy competition among post graduate students who aspire for the highest positions in the various fields that they wish to specialise in.
“It would be impossible to give Ugandans priority with regard to opportunities associated with the oil and gas industry however, Tullow is making it possible,” Kizza noted.
Francis Tumwesige, speaking on behalf of the students thanked Tullow for the great opportunity offered and promised to work hard while studying.
The education programme is run through a partnership between Tullow Oil and the British Council – an internationally recognised service provider in the area of scholarship management and partnership brokerage in higher education around the world.