Petroleum Technologies Course. New Opportunities and Challenges.

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Petroleum Technologies Course. New Opportunities and Challenges.

By Raquel Duarte (PhD) and Marco Marques (PhD) (Assistant Professorsof Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal – Barreiro School of Technology)

As all professional, we also like a good challenge. The opportunity to create such a comprehensive course in the Oil & Gas field in Portugal is undoubtedly an exciting challenge that no professional refuses.

The IPS, educational institution to which we belong, placed in the district of Setubal, where is located the largest industrial park of Oil & Gas in Portugal, has given us such an opportunity.

This geographical connection with the largest industrial park of Oil & Gas in Portugal and the need to train professionals in relevant areas for the district development was a natural motivation to accept the challenge for developing, together with other members of the institution, a course in Oil & Gas technologies.

In 2015 this course got the accreditation by the A3ES (Portuguese Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education), which allowed us to start the teaching activities still this year.

It is the first course created in the public educational system in Portugal, specialized in two branches, the Refining branch and Prospecting &Production branch, in order to meet the growing need for qualified human resources in this area in our country.

We will devote all our efforts to the ongoing success of this course, to train professionals with appropriate skills and knowledge for this promising industry, enable us to contribute to the economic development of our country.