The UNU Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP) held the closing ceremony for its 35th annual session on 11 October 2013. A record number of 34 Fellows completed the six-month specialized courses in Reykjavík this year.
In addition, 5 received a fellowship after a six-month training course in borehole geology that took place in Kenya this year. This is the first time that fellowships were awarded outside of Iceland.
UNU-GTP gives university graduates engaged in geothermal work intensive on-the-job training in their chosen fields of specialization. The trainees work side-by-side with geothermal professionals in Iceland.
The aim is to assist developing countries with significant geothermal potential to build up groups of specialists that cover most aspects of geothermal exploration and development.
The 2013 UNU-GTP Fellows came from 15 countries: Bangladesh, Burundi, China, Djibouti, El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nicaragua, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Uganda.
The 39 Fellows received training in Borehole Geology (8), Geothermal Utilization (6), Geophysical Exploration (5), Reservoir Engineering (5), Chemistry of Thermal Fluids (4), Drilling Technology (5), Geological Exploration (3) and Borehole Geophysics (3).
Since 1979, 554 scientists and engineers (108 of them women) from 53 countries have completed the UNU-GTP annual six-month courses. UNU-GTP Fellows have come from countries in Asia (39%), Africa (34%), Central and Eastern Europe (11%), Latin America (15%) and Oceania (1%).
At the closing ceremony, speeches were given by Lúðvik S. Georgsson, UNU-GTP Director; Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, Minister of Industry and Commerce, Iceland; Jónas Ketilsson, who stepped in for the Director General of the National Energy Authority (Iceland); and Ronald Verave (from Papua New Guinea) on behalf of the graduating class.