Shell, University of Aberdeen fostering geoscience capability in Tanzania
A partnership between the University of Aberdeen and the University of Dar es Salaam is helping to support Tanzania’s emerging oil and gas industry.
ABERDEEN, UK – A partnership between the University of Aberdeen and the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) is helping to support Tanzania’s emerging oil and gas industry.
Dr. Davide Oppo and Dr. Vittorio Maselli from the university’s School of Geosciences have been conducting BSc and MSc courses at UDSM as part of a project funded byShell, operator of various deepwater gas fields offshore Tanzania.
This followed the university’s success in working with international partnerships in Brunei, Brazil, and Ghana.
Oppo and Maselli were hired to develop local content through forming research collaborations with Tanzanian partners and to teach courses. All their academic duties take place at UDSM, where they spend around five months of the year, fully integrated into UDSM’s academic team.
The pair also recently welcomed two academics from Tanzania to Aberdeen for a week-long placement.
Maselli said: “Our aim through this project is to make a contribution to the development of UDSM’s Geology programs, as well as to open up new research partnerships and strengthen existing collaborations.”
Professor Andrew Hurst, who led the project, added: “By raising the profile ofGeology, other academic disciplines at UDSM are exploring similar transnational opportunities… We believe that this project puts us a step ahead of the game, and leaves us well placed to open doors to new collaborations within Tanzania and elsewhere.”