The United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP) recently saw the graduation of a record 33 students from the 2012 session of its postgraduate training programme.
The aim of the annual six-month session of UNU-GTP, based in Iceland, is to assist developing countries to enhance their capacity in geothermal exploration and development and build local groups of specialists. Participants undertake extensive on-the-job training in their specialized field, and work alongside geothermal professionals.
The closing ceremony of the 34th UNU-GTP session was held on 12 October 2012 in Reykjavík. Graduates included fellows from 17 countries: Bangladesh, China, Djibouti, El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Nevis, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The fellows were trained in such fields as borehole geology, borehole geophysics, geological exploration, geothermal utilization, geophysical exploration, reservoir engineering, chemistry of thermal fluids, drilling technology and environmental science.
The ceremony featured speeches by Dr. Ingvar Brigir Fridleifsson, Director of UNU-GTP; Dr. Guðni A. Jóhannsson, Director General of the Iceland National Energy Authority; Dr. Einar Gunnarsson, Permanent Secretary of State, Iceland; and Ms. Edna Ouko on behalf of the graduating class.
Established in 1979, UNU-GTP is a collaboration between UNU and the Government of Iceland, and is hosted by the National Energy Authority (Orkustofnun). Since the programme’s inception, 515 scientists and engineers from 53 countries have completed the annual six-month sessions.
See also: Graduation of class 2012 on the UNU-GTP website