This year, the United Nations University Geothermal Training Programme (UNU-GTP) is celebrating its 40th anniversary. UNU-GTP, which operates as a cooperation between the UNU the Government of Iceland, hosted by the National Energy Authority (Orkustofnun), was established in December 1978.
UNU-GTP is a postgraduate training programme aimed at assisting developing countries in capacity building within geothermal exploration and development. The programme consists of a six-month annual training for practicing professionals from developing and transitional countries with significant geothermal potential.
To commemorate UNU-GTP’s 40th anniversary, special sessions were held at the Iceland Geothermal Conference 2018 on 26 April at Harpan, Reykjavík.
Iceland’s Minister of Industry and Innovation, Þórdís Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, opened the sessions with an address from the Ministry. Ludvik Georgsson, Director of UNU-GTP, followed with a presentation on the activities and history of the Programme from its establishment until today. Ingimar Haraldsson, UNU-GTP Deputy Director, then gave a talk on the Sustainable Development Goals Short Course series in partner developing countries. Honorary guests, former UNU-GTP Fellows who are in leading positions in the geothermal sector in their home countries, gave a short talk about their countries’ geothermal development and the influence of the UNU-GTP training on that process.
A second session focused on the current UNU-GTP Fellows who introduced their PhD and MSc projects at University of Iceland and Reykjavík University. All the papers and presentations from the anniversary sessions are available on the UNU-GTP website.
The anniversary schedule can be viewed online.