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Certificate Courses At Victoria University That Will Improve Your Chances Of Working In Uganda’s Oil And Gas Industry

You don’t have to have high end degrees to be able to work in the recrutive oil and gas industry. All you need is quality education and training. Victoria University is offering this kind of training in Uganda.

As the country prepares to harvest over 5.6 billion barrels of crude in the albertine graben, Victoria University has lined up the following certificate courses which Ugandans can study to increase their knowledge of the extractives industry.

The course units will be delivered in form of presentations by oil and gas experts, videos, and interactive question and answer sessions.

The certificate in oil and gas is a gateway to employment opportunities in Uganda's oil and gas sector and for furthering your studies in this vibrant industry.

Certificate in Supply Chain and Logistic Management

This course focuses on an overview of oil and gas logistics and procurement management in organizations based on the concept of supply chain management (SCM). The course is designed to prepare participants to apply concepts, strategies, and information technology in supply chain management in oil and gas industry.

This course is suitable for people working or want to work as oil and gas procurement specialists; logistics & sourcing specialists; category managers; supply chain managers; stock analysts; and material specialists among others.

Certificate in Oil & Gas Health, Safety & Environmental Management

This course gives an introduction to the health, safety and environmental challenges encountered in the oil and gas industry. It provides an insight into the main drivers of the regulatory framework that govern compliance in this sector and their importance in protecting people, assets and the environment.

The training provides a broader understanding of environmental, health and safety issues to professionals in the oil and gas industry; newcomers to the industry; and non-technical personnel from other sectors with little or no knowledge of the Oil and Gas industry.

This course is suitable for project managers; project supervisors; Employee representatives; newly appointed health and safety advisers in oil and gas companies, students seeking to jump start their careers in environmental management, health and safety in the petroleum industry; researchers; and Project Economists/Analysts.

Certificate in Oil & Gas Project Management

The certificate in oil and gas management aims to give students a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of project management as it relates to the dynamic oil, gas and energy industries.

This interactive course will equip participants with the skills and knowledge to deliver successful projects, within budget, to deadline and of sound business value.

Case studies on upstream and downstream projects will provide you with real-life examples of best strategic practices in project management. You will take these back to the office or workplace and use them in your daily work to overcome the short-term challenges and boost your organizations performance.

A good understanding of Oil and Gas Project Management will enable learners to practice and carry out field essential project planning and execution. This course is suitable for individuals working in the oil and gas industry seeking a greater understanding of the fundamentals in the global oil and gas industry.

Certificate in Oil & Gas Law

The Certificate in Oil & Gas Law is a comprehensive program that is ideal for those who wish to broaden their understanding of the legal and commercial fundamentals of the oil and gas industry. This course will enable participants to gain an insight into the key principles that regulate oil and gas activities.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to gain knowledge on oil & gas legal frameworks; review petroleum contract structures that governments and oil companies use to grant petroleum rights and govern petroleum activities; Analyze key petroleum agreements relating to exploration, development and marketing of oil and gas; Fast-track understanding of the oil and gas value chain; demonstrate an understanding of the domestic legal regimes among others

Certificate in Oil and Gas

The Oil & Gas Certificate (O&G) is a 6 week course designed to provide you with a well-rounded, global understanding of the ever-changing oil and gas industry.

It is developed and delivered by experts trained in all aspects of the oil and gas industry. The course units will be delivered in form of presentations by oil and gas experts, videos, and interactive question and answer sessions.

The certificate in oil and gas is a gateway to employment opportunities in Uganda's oil and gas sector and for furthering your studies in this vibrant industry.

Qualifications required

Victoria University partnered with the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships (IP3) to deliver these certificate courses. The minimum entry requirement to all certificate courses in oil and gas is 2 Principal passes from A'Level or a Diploma from a recognised institution. Possessors of a recognised university degree have an added advantage.

The minimum entry requirement to all certificates in oil and gas is 2 Principal passes from A'Level or a Diploma from a recognised institution. Possessors of a recognised university degree have an added advantage.

These courses are targeting individuals working in the oil and gas industry who seek a greater understanding of the fundamentals in the global oil and gas business. Also targeted are professionals making the transition from technical roles to managerial positions, where a broader knowledge of the business is essential for their career advancement.

New employees and support staff of the oil and gas companies wanting to gain a broader understanding of the various aspects of oil and gas sector. Business students studying the oil and gas industry and looking for a comprehensive global learning experience.


Make Your Brain Sharper With These Physical Exercises

Physical exercises are proven methods of reigniting the brain to normality however, James Okech, a trainer at The City Gym says for proper results, the exercises must be well planned and scheduled.

He says jogging and working out in the morning before eating anything has far more reaching benefits. He says working out in the morning guarantees a longer, stronger and fitter life with better mobility. “The brain will feel sharper after working out in the morning because you have exercised your mind,” Okech says.

He quells fears that after working out in the morning on an empty stomach, one would consume a lot of food which might leave him or her with a lot of fats or calories. He says, when you crave for food, you get all nutrients digested, which is a good thing.

Eating natural foods is another choice that will bring good results and a health life. “Eat the right portions – don’t eat too much and don’t under feed. Be moderate,” he explained. The City Gym, located on Kampala Boulevard building on Kampala road, is regarded as a premier health and wellness facility in Kampala City.

The gym which boasts of state of the art equipment offers various services including yoga, zumba, sauna, a kick boxing & mixed martial arts, dance fitness and all that you need in a gym. “Regular exercise can help improve your strength, balance and coordination. Exercise helps to stimulate the sections of your brain that control memory, so you might also find it easier to remember things!

It also reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and other diseases. Exercises can improve your appearance and delay the aging process.”

“A written workout plan not only provides a layout for the day, but it also sets up the big picture for weeks or months to come. In other words, an established plan dictates the work that must be done in order to reach the goal.


Tanzanians Target Oil Money With New Association

The oil and gas boom in the East African Community is getting many business owners to think out of the proverbial box by positioning themselves in areas where they will be able to harvest oil and gas money as it treks as country’s production stages.

While Tanzania is big on gas, with 57.25 trillion cubic feet, Uganda and Kenya have made big strides in oil. Uganda with about 6.5 billion barrels of crude buried in the Albertine graben and Kenya with about 800 million barrels, the East Africa is fast emerging as a top African oil and gas frontier.

While these countries have the natural resource, they lack the technical know and finances to explore, develop and produce this crude. This means huge investments coming in courtesy of international oil companies. France’s Total, Britain’s Tullow and China’s CNOOC have already doing business in the region.

However amidst all this galore, local firms and citizens must partake in this bonanza beyond the revenues governments will earn. Private businesses are strategizing to participate directly in the oil business. To enrich their capacity, local business owners in Tanzania teamed up to form Association of Tanzania Oil and Gas Service Providers (ATOGS).

They intend to use this Association to lobby and tap into the opportunities in the oil and gas industry. The Association was last week launched by Vice-President, Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan in Dar es Salaam. It brings together professionals and business entities seeking to provide services to the sector.

Indigenous East Africans can partake in the oil business at different levels but mainly as suppliers of services and good and support.  Uganda and Tanzania agreed and are working towards construction of a 1445km crude export pipeline. A similar activity is being sought after in Kenya.

Tanzania has and is constructing a couple of gas pipelines. Uganda is going to build an oil refinery and other oil infrastructures like an airport, roads, oil waste storage and treatment centers, central processing units, refined storage facilities.

All these projects provide citizens with opportunities to do business with government and oil companies directly or indirectly. The Vice-President said the association came at the most opportune time where prospects of construction of an oil pipeline from Uganda to Tanga port had increased prospects of the oil and gas industry.

"You should tell us when you encounter problems of red-tapes. You should tell us also when you face corruption. We are working hard to weed them out," said Ms Hassan.

The Chairman of the association, Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, said the initiative came at the most opportune time when the government and the business communities are thinking on how best Tanzanians would benefit from gas resources.


New NRGI Index Says 66 Countries Struggling With Governance Of Oil, Gas And Mining Sectors

The majority of governments inadequately govern their oil, gas and mining sectors, according to the 2017 Resource Governance Index. Sixty-six countries were found to be weak, poor or failing in their governance of extractive industries. Less than 20 percent of the 81 countries assessed achieved good or satisfactory overall ratings. 

The cross-country study of extractives governance, released Wednesday by the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), is the most comprehensive of its kind to date. It is based on new research into how countries’ governance affects their potential to realize value and manage revenues from their resources.

 It also incorporates existing assessments of countries’ “enabling environments”—a measure of how well citizens can access and use information, freely work together to voice their concerns and hold their governments to account, and of the quality of institutions in the areas of administration, rule of law and corruption control.

Index data show that Norway exhibits the best governance of natural resources, followed closely by Chile, the United Kingdom and Canada in the top-most “good” performance category. Eritrea exhibits the worst resource governance and receives a failing grade in the index, with Turkmenistan, Libya, Sudan and Equatorial Guinea among others also rated failing.

Some middle-income countries—such as Colombia, Indonesia, Ghana, Mongolia, Peru, Mexico and Botswana—achieve good or satisfactory overall ratings. Burkina Faso places highest among the low-income countries studied; its mining sector ranks 20th overall.

“Good governance of extractive industries is a fundamental step out of poverty for the 1.8 billion poor citizens living in the 81 countries we assessed in the Resource Governance Index,” said Daniel Kaufmann, NRGI president and CEO. “It is encouraging that dozens of countries are adopting extractives laws and regulations, but often these are not matched by meaningful action in practice.”

The gap between law and practice is larger in countries where corruption is systemic, the index found. This gap occurs in many policy areas of extractive industries—including environmental and social impacts, and the sharing of resource revenues by national governments with local authorities—and is particularly problematic for communities living near extraction sites.

The index also assesses the governance and transparency of sovereign wealth funds in 33 countries. Colombia’s Savings and Stabilization Fund is the best-governed of the assessed funds, followed by the Ghana Stabilization Fund.

The Qatar Investment Authority, with USD 330 billion in assets, and Nigeria’s Excess Crude Account were found to be the worst-governed funds. At least $1.5 trillion is currently managed by the 11 sovereign wealth funds NRGI researchers rated as failing.

Chile’s Codelco state mining company was listed as the best-governed of 74 extractive sector state-owned enterprises that were assessed for their disclosures and corporate governance. The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation of India came second. Forty-eight countries’ state-owned companies received unsatisfactory ratings.

The index identifies weak governance in the China National Petroleum Company, and finds failing governance in the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, the Gabon Oil Company, Turkmengas and Saudi Aramco.

“The Resource Governance Index shows us that if they are to contribute to their countries’ development, state-owned enterprises require serious reform,” said Ernesto Zedillo, former president of Mexico and chair of NRGI’s board of directors. “Buteffective governance of the oil, gas and mining sectors is not an insurmountable challenge—the index provides many examples of developing countries defying expectations and stereotypes.”

In recommendations released with the data, NRGI calls upon governments to support key transparency measures (including compliance with open data standards) and for them to adopt and implement laws requiring the disclosure of the identities of the true beneficiaries of oil and mining companies.

NRGI also calls for a reversal of the trend toward closing civic space in many resource-rich countries. “Where freedoms of citizens and journalists are under attack, governance of the extractives sector is fundamentally impaired,” said Kaufmann. “Access to information on contracts, revenues, state companies and sovereign wealth funds is only valuable when citizens can hold authorities and companies to account.”

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