The Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen is to set up an International Institute for Oil and Gas.
This establishment would be observed as one of the university's strategy to build on its success in Oil and Gas field and to grow its reputation of being a global leader in this sector related training and research of high importance, which should be straight relevant to the field.
RGU is to put in £8 million over 5 years to develop its new oil and gas strategy. The university will also recruit top experts to Aberdeen, those with having renowned status in oil and Gas.
The focus would be laid on brownfield development using improved oil recovery, asset integrity, subsea engineering and decommissioning, unconventional oil and gas, leadership, collaboration with industries, oil and gas finance and economics and applied offshore healthcare.
Principal of RGU, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, told about the university having international reputation for focused and relevant commitment with Oil and Gas industry. This investment shall be secured for prestigious expertise of the Northeast of Scotland to sustain the industry in exploiting the oil reserves in the UKCS. The focus is also on building up advancement and enterprise in the supply chain.
The Principal also mentioned of their eagerness of being supported by Aberdeen's oil and gas community for this significant new initiative. With delight, he announced of the first noteworthy donation of £500,000 received from Wood Family Trust to the University’s foundation for setting up the new Institute.
The creation of RGU's new Oil and Gas Institute shall attract and develop knowledge and skills in chief areas of Oil and Gas sector such as exploration, infrastructure, regional hub development, production efficiency, improved and enhanced oil recovery, and decommissioning at a critical time in the development of the North Sea.