The Masters students, from nine different universities in Japan, will spend four weeks in the North-east of Scotland as part of the Nippon Foundation Ocean Innovation Consortium Summer School 2019, studying modules led by RGU staff on subsea engineering, oil and gas, and renewable energy.
The group will be sailing from Aberdeen Harbour to view Vattenfall’s Aberdeen Offshore Windfarm (EOWDC), go through an intensive three days BOSIET training course and experience RGU’s state of the art drilling simulator and virtual reality technology suite. They will also have the chance to attend this year’s SPE Offshore Europe Conference & Exhibition.
As part of the programme, the group will enjoy a packed cultural itinerary which will see them visit the Glen Garioch Distillery, Castle Fraser, the Braemar Highland Gathering and even experience climbing a Munro.
The Nippon Foundation, a social innovation grant organisation, is leading the effort to enhance capacity building in offshore engineering in Japan and both the students and RGU faced a competitive selection to be involved in the initiative when the scheme began in 2016.
The subsea industry in Japan is rapidly developing and the country is increasingly looking to Aberdeen as a centre for subsea excellence.
Melissa Donald, Summer School Project Manager, said: “We are delighted to be in our fourth year of hosting this successful Summer School and to be working with the Nippon Foundation.
“As a university which specialises in energy-related teaching and research, we feel we have a lot to offer the students during their visit and very much hope they enjoy their time with us in Aberdeen.
“We have put together a packed itinerary for their four weeks which includes a mix of classroom learning, hands on experience and, of course, a sample of Scottish culture for them to enjoy.”
Head of the Office of Offshore Development at the Nippon Foundation, Nagayuki Suzuki, said: “I hope that the Nippon Foundation Summer School students consider how they might best support the future development of the Japanese offshore industry and that Japan and Scotland can further collaborate on ocean development."