Canada's Ambassador to Senegal (Back, Left), Her Excellency Lise Filiatrault, as well as Government of Alberta representative Katerina Ioannou, Trade Development Officer, Africa Desk, Alberta Economic Development & Trade (Back, Right), and Ibnou Sougoufara, Technical Advisor on Energy to the President of Senegal (Back, Center) witness the MOU signing by Director General of the INPG, Aguibou Ba (Front, Left) and Dan Fredrick, Program Director, International Capacity Development Projects & Programs (Front, Right).
The University of Alberta has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with L’Institut National du Petrole et du Gaz (INPG) to support them in building capacity in Senegal’s oil and gas sector.
The INPG is a new institution intended to provide training and education to build capacity in the petroleum sector in Senegal and the wider West Africa region. It is offering one academic program (Master's degree in Oil & Gas Engineering) with the first cohort of 22 students beginning this month. On October 23rd, the INPG held its official inauguration ceremony in Dakar, with the President of Senegal (Mr. Macky Sall) presiding. The University of Alberta was recognized as an international partner institution at that event (along with NAIT, SAIT, and UCalgary).
The MOU was signed by the Director General of the INPG, Mr. Aguibou Ba, who visited UAlberta in July 2018 to initiate discussions on how our two institutions can work together. It is anticipated that the INPG will seek to access UAlberta experts in technical, regulatory, management, and policy topics related to oil and gas, to provide professional development training opportunities to Senegalese and West African public and private sector clients.
The signing was witnessed by Canada's Ambassdor to Senegal, Her Excellency Lise Filiatrault, as well as Government of Alberta representative Katerina Ioannou, Trade Development Officer, Africa Desk, Alberta Economic Development & Trade.