Cooperation With Universities and Research Centers
The Ministry of Petroleum’s scientific approach to establish petroleum engineering faculties and set up scientific infrastructure for the upstream sector in the 2000s led to the definition of practical projects, further cooperation between the petroleum industry and universities and creation of opportunities for working in upstream oil sector in the 2010s.
In 1997, less than five associate professors were specializing in the upstream petroleum industry. The laboratories of prestigious universities were equipped. A number of professors were sent abroad to study and now there is a constant flow of graduation in upstream petroleum industry disciplines.
Petroleum institutes have been set up at universities to conduct research on the petroleum industry and agreements have been signed with universities to study oil fields and find ways for enhanced recovery from them.
Linkage between oil and university can change the petroleum industry. The main problems are in non-engineering sector rather than in engineering. For instance, in energy efficiency, universities can help the petroleum industry and resolve many problems. There is no end to efficiency.
A major step by the petroleum industry in 2019 in linking oil and university was to hold a student-level startup even at the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry (RIPI) for the purpose of growing young and dynamic talents. Participants from 42 universities from across the country exchanged views on challenges in the petroleum engineering, chemical engineering and geology and introducing innovative was on the legal aspects of oil and energy economics.
Student groups, each representing a university and led by a professor, were introduced to the Ministry of Petroleum’s Department of Research Affairs. These students were specializing in technical fields (energy and petroleum engineering) or in business (marketing, financing and law).
The three-day even led to constructive links between team members in order to cooperate further in the future.