The 39th session of the UNU Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP) concluded on 13 October 2017, with 23 fellows graduating from the six-month specialised courses. The fellows represented a total of ten countries: People’s Republic of China (2), Djibouti (2), El Salvador (1), Ethiopia (3), India (1), Indonesia (3), Kenya (7), Malawi (1), Tanzania (2), and Vietnam (1). The fellows were trained in Reservoir Engineering and Borehole Geophysics (6), Geothermal Utilisation (5), Geothermal Geology (5), Chemistry of Thermal Fluids (4), and Drilling Technology (3).
From 1979 to 2017, 670 scientists and engineers from 60 countries have completed this annual six-month training. Fellows have come from countries in Africa (39%), Asia (35%), Central and Eastern Europe (11%), Latin America (14%), and Oceania (1%). Among these fellows, 149 have been women (22%).
The 2017 graduation ceremony featured speeches by Lúðvik S. Georgsson (Director of UNU-GTP), Ingvi Már Pálsson (Director General for the Ministry of Industries and Innovation), Guðni A. Jóhannesson (Director General of the National Energy Authority), and Liu Donglin (on behalf of the graduating class).
For more information, see the news story on the UNU-GTP website.