A working model for building equitable relationsips in international academic partnerships

A. Hurst, V. Maselli, D. Oppo, E. Mshiu, S. Manya

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Abstract

Need for capacity building is an immediate priority for many universities in emerging economies in which resource extraction is presumed to accelerate economic growth. A novel approach is developed between University of Dar-es-Salaam (UDSM) and University Aberdeen (UA) to give immediate growth to the preexisting local content in petroleum geoscience and, to accesses a large number of indigenous students and academics. Appointment of dedicated lectureships at UA are tasked with developing geological programmes at UDSM. The geological programmes are research driven and, include teaching key undergraduate and postgraduate courses relevant to the hydrocarbon industry. A critical component of our approach is that, the lecturers spend approximately half the academic year in the host country. As such, they are not visitors but fully integrated academic staff in the host university, while enjoying similar status at UA. Appointments were funded by sponsorship from BG Tanzania, now part of the Shell Group. Thus far student feedback is very positive and is accompanied by strong support from the UDSM academic staff. The UA lecturers are “part of the UDSM team” and were completely integrated into the UDSM environment from day 1 thus, barriers to progress with teaching and research collaboration were effectively eliminated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication3rd EAGE Eastern Africa Petroleum Geoscience Forum
Subtitle of host publicationManaging Subsurface Risk in Finding and Developing Hydrocarbons
PublisherEuropean Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE
ISBN (Electronic)9789462822337
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event3rd EAGE Eastern Africa Petroleum Geoscience Forum: Managing Subsurface Risk in Finding and Developing Hydrocarbons - Maputo, Mozambique
Duration: 6 Nov 20179 Nov 2017

Conference

Conference3rd EAGE Eastern Africa Petroleum Geoscience Forum: Managing Subsurface Risk in Finding and Developing Hydrocarbons
CountryMozambique
CityMaputo
Period6/11/179/11/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Hurst, A., Maselli, V., Oppo, D., Mshiu, E., & Manya, S. (2017). A working model for building equitable relationsips in international academic partnerships. In 3rd EAGE Eastern Africa Petroleum Geoscience Forum: Managing Subsurface Risk in Finding and Developing Hydrocarbons European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, EAGE.