Arrangements for Makerere University engineering students to engage in exploring oil in Bunyoro region have been finalised, university officials have said.
Makerere University and Hulliburton Energy Services (HES) on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in a move aimed at training human resource for the development of the oil industry.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, signed on behalf of the university while Mr Ed Stanworth, a senior manager at HES, signed on behalf of the firm which provides engineering services to oil companies.
The ceremony was held at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology boardroom.
Prof. Baryamureeba described the three-year renewable agreement as a commitment and readiness of the two parties to exploit opportunities presented by the growing energy sector.
“The implementation of the activities that will follow from the signing of this MoU will strategically position Makerere University to play a leading role in oil exploration, as a trainer and capacity builder for the critical mass of human resources required by the oil exploration industry,” he added.
Prof. Baryamureeba said the partnership seeks to provide a workable approach to solving the consistent problem of the unemployment suffered by graduates. He attributed the rampant unemployment problem to lack of practical skills and limited career guidance programmes.
According to the arrangement, HES will support the university to build capacity, talent, and community effort as well as education development.
The company shall also take part in recruiting initiatives by participating in career related events, hosting information sessions and conducting interviews aimed at providing students access to employment opportunities.
Mr Stanworth said the agreement is an opportunity for both students and their teachers to work with a global company to develop field engineers and professionals.
“Our strategy is to engage students and staff in classrooms up to the field and carry out practical learning and trainings,” he said.