Victoria University has widened its platform onto which it will base its efforts to quip Ugandans with skills and knowledge needed to work in the nascent oil and gas industry after tying up a partnership with UK based Coventry University.
Victoria University Vice Chancellor Dr. Krishna N. Sharma speaking at the signing of the partnership described the affiliation to Coventry University as an opportunity for Victoria University to contribute to the country’s Oil and Gas sector.
“We need to build up the capacity of the Ugandans so that when the companies come, they don’t go out to look for human resource.” Dr. Sharma said, adding that the Jinja road based university is ready for the challenge of training Ugandans in oil and gas related courses.
Victoria University has a Department of Petroleum and Gas Studies offering a Bachelor of Science in Oil & Gas Accounting and other short courses. The efforts by Victoria University are helping the country bridge the skills gap that exits in the country’s extractives sector.
In this partnership, the role of Victoria University is to mobilize the instructors and provide training to the people, as guided by the Education Ministry. The Vice Chancellor noted that the program was set to commence in the next coming two months.