The Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must) has announced that it will introduce a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum programme, focusing on oil and gas exploration.
Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Address Malata, disclosed yesterday when the institution signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining at the University campus at Ndata, Thyolo.
The MoU will see the two parties working hand in hand and sharing techniques on advancing oil and gas sector for the economic development of the country.
“As an institution, we want to be doing things differently in coming up with programmes that are relevant and a need to our country. The ministry saw that there are existing gaps in the oil and gas sector that need experts to review the act and formulate policies. For that to succeed, we need well-trained experts. So together with the ministry, we are working on a curriculum for a course which we are introducing. The first students will enroll next year,” Malata said.
The MoU comes as the government is in the process of developing the oil and gas sectors as one of its priority areas for the country’s economic growth, apart from mining, tourism and other sectors.
Director of Finance and Administration in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Gusto Mabvuto, described the MoU as a landmark in as far as developing the country’s oil and gas sectors is concerned.
“We were supposed to do this long time back, but now things have to move with speed. We know implementing this will be challenging but we will be meeting soon as the ministry so that we turn what whatever we have agreed into action,” Mabvuto said.
Through the Mou the Department of Mining in the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ndata School of Climate Change and Earth Sciences of Must will be working together in areas of research, reviewing the Petroleum and Gas Act, formulating policies and developing a curriculum for the news courses among others.