Five oil and gas courses to be taught at the Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba (UPIK) have received international accreditation from UK Company City and Guild.
According to the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), this makes the courses internationally recognized as Uganda prepares to begin commercial oil production.
The principal of UPIK, Mr Bernard Ongodia, said the five programs which have been approved include upstream petroleum operations, downstream operations, electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance and instrumentation.
“We shall expect the government to recruit our own as opposed to importing experts from abroad to work in out sector. We are targeting a number of about 200 students and the number between will be expected to keep growing,” Mr Ongodia said, adding that they are procuring the best training materials and lecturers from other countries.
“The first batch of students will be taught by tutors from France and after three years, Ugandans who will attain qualifications from the institute will take over the training and will start training other colleagues since they will also be having international recognized certificates,” he added.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Sports, Mr Alex Kakooza, said Ugandans will now be able to compete favorably for the available jobs once commercial production commences.
“Our students whom we are yet to train in this institute are going to be internationally recognized and I am optimistic that they will be considered when oil production starts,” Mr Kakooza said.
Mr Ongodia said that the training kicks off in August since they were waiting for their curriculum to be approved before they kick off.