GE Oil & Gas University
Headquartered in Florence, Italy, the GE Oil & Gas University offers a six-month-long course to junior oil and gas engineers. Programs cover four disciplines: leadership, energy, rotating machinery and oil and gas processes. Since its founding in 2005, 158 students have been trained from 28 different countries and 65 companies. A secondary program provides concentrated courses at customer sites — most recently with 57 students in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and 37 in Doha, Qatar. The tailored, seven-week program included core modules for leadership skills, rotating machinery and oil and gas processes. Additional new, localized courses in Qatar and Abu Dhabi are planned for 2011.
Apart from expanding knowledge, experience and investing in their careers, students in these programs improve their communication skills by interacting with people of different cultures and management styles.