FMC Technologies, Inc. has announced a partnership with one of Nigeria’s premiere academic institutions, the University of Port Harcourt, with the intent to create the first Master of Science degree in Subsea Engineering offered in Nigeria.
Programme curriculum will be developed in collaboration with industry experts to ensure students are prepared for work in the offshore oil and gas industry. The University will be accepting enrollment applications for this new program starting in 2015.
Country Manager, FMC Technologies, Michael Hunt, said that FMC Technologies is dedicated to developing its Nigerian workforce so that, an ever-increasing number of technical, leadership and management roles in Nigeria can be performed by Nigerians.
This collaboration, according to her, represents a major milestone in furthering the development of a highly skilled Nigerian workforce. These students will play a key role in the future of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Ajienka, expressed his gratitude and described the event as a major milestone, not only for the University of Port Harcourt, but also for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria.
“We are very pleased to cooperate with FMC Technologies in this effort. Given the facilities and experience of FMC Technologies, we are confident that a Master of Science degree in Subsea Engineering will add tremendous value to our services,” he added.
Upon graduation, program participants will have expanded opportunities to work in the energy industry, including potential employment with FMC Technologies in Nigeria.
FMC Technologies has been contributing to the growth of Nigeria’s vital oil and gas industry for more than 16 years and currently employs approximately 250 personnel in country. More than 2000 jobs have been created, including its employees and supply chain. Nigerian employees have received more than 70,000 training hours since 2012 to expand their skills and increase the number of job functions that can be executed in Nigeria by locals. In addition, FMC Technologies is currently providing over 80% of subsea production systems in country.
FMC Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: FTI) is the global market leader in subsea systems and a leading provider of technologies and services to the oil and gas industry. We help our customers overcome their most difficult challenges, such as improving shale and subsea infrastructures and operations to reduce cost, maintain uptime, and maximize oil and gas recovery. Named by Forbes® Magazine as one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in 2013, the company has more than 20,000 employees and operates 24 production facilities in 14 countries.
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