A major oil and gas company is supporting two Robert Gordon University (RGU) students to achieve their aim of graduating with a postgraduate degree.
Epiphania Kimaro (26) and Eustack Kweka (28) are among 10 Tanzanian students who have been awarded scholarships from BG Group to study for a Geoscience or Engineering Master of Science degree at one of three UK universities, including RGU.
The scholarships – funded by BG Tanzania and administered in partnership with the British Council – cover the cost of academic fees, travel, living expenses and pastoral support while the graduates are in the UK.
They then have the potential to apply for participation in BG Group’s International Graduate Development Programme.
Tanzania’s emerging natural gas sector is expected to offer attractive employment opportunities for those with the relevant technical skills.
Epiphania, who is studying IT for the Oil and Gas Industry, said: “The news of the scholarship was and still is the best news of 2014 - I was delighted when I found out I had been awarded it.
“The scholarship means a great deal to me, firstly, because I believe I’ve been given the opportunity to be among the first professionals in the oil and gas field in my country, and I have a chance to share my experience and inspire my friends back home.”
She explained: “I chose RGU because the course had modules that best fitted with my background and I was able to relate them to my future career path more.
“The first semester has so far been very impactful. I love every new experience I have had so far and I am very pleased by the overall university day to day operations, the surroundings and the people.
“I am definitely enjoying my course for many reasons. I am learning a lot of new skills, I appreciate the chance to meet so many employers at the campus, the extra skills apart from my modules such as the advice we get from the career centre and library about CV and report writing, referencing plus the opportunity to meet diverse nationalities. They are such a bonus.”
Eustack, who is studying Oil and Gas Engineering, said: “I was overwhelmed with joy when I was told that I had won the scholarship, after almost four years of working, it was high time for me to take another step. So when BG said yes, it was a dream came true.
“To me this scholarship means a life and career changing opportunity but I also see it as a responsibility given to me by BG Group and my fellow countrymen to be one of pioneer of our country’s fast growing oil and gas industry.”
He added: “RGU being the UK’s top modern university played a big role in my decision to come here and I am certainly enjoying the course. The lecturers are friendly and well informed.”
Jamie Hastings, RGU’s regional manager for Africa, said: “We are delighted to welcome Epiphania and Eustack to RGU and are pleased to hear that they are enjoying their courses so far.
“We look forward to continuing to build our relationship with BG Group and helping to develop in-country capabilities focused around engineering and geoscience areas in Tanzania.”
He added: “It is great to see the range of eligible courses has been expanded this year to include a total of six Masters courses across engineering, construction project management and instrumental analytical sciences.”
Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology