In the wake of a massive oil find in Guyana, the University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus, will soon be offering a Petroleum Engineering course in collaboration with the University of Guyana, Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine has disclosed.
Dr Roopnaraine stated that he is currently in engagement with the UWI’s principal and they have agreed to move forward with the programme. He indicated that arrangements would be in place as early as the start of the semester in September.
Roopnaraine was at the time speaking about Guyana’s human resource problem and its brain drain. He had stated that one of the major challenges of the Education Ministry is the development of human resources to facilitate Guyana’s growth.
He posited that it is crucial that the government be inventive and develop a strategy for human resource expansion.
Recently, in the National Assembly, the Education Minister had revealed his intentions for the programme. He stated that he had held a meeting with the Principal of UWI, St Augustine campus, Dr Clement Sankat, to discuss developing a petroleum engineering education programme that would prepare Guyana for the human resource challenge of running its impending oil industry in the near future.