Robert Gordon University (RGU) will host a series of energy and engineering focused seminars in Ghana and Nigeria for prospective students keen to develop their careers or make a start in the oil and gas industry. 

The free sessions, which will be held in October and November, will feature presentations from four of the university’s lecturers and focus on the breadth of energy related courses on offer at RGU, and the career opportunities they can lead to. 

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Ibiye Iyalla, course leader for MSc Subsea Engineering at the School of Engineering and Dr David Lonie, course leader for MSc IT for the Oil and Gas Industry at the School of Computing Science and Digital Media will both give presentations. 

They will be joined by Dr Charles Maddison, course leader for MSc Energy Management at Aberdeen Business School; and Dr Bassam Bjiermi, Associate Head of the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment who will also outline what students will learn on their courses, including Construction and Project Management

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The first seminar will be held at the British Council offices in Accra, Ghana on Tuesday, October 27 from 6pm to 8pm

  •  The second seminar will be held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, Nigeria on Wednesday, November 4 from 6pm to 8pm
  • The third seminar, which will be specifically engineering focused, will be held at Hotel Presidential, Port Harcourt on Thursday, November 12 from 10am to 4pm

 As well as the seminars, the lecturers will also attend a number of education conferences and exhibitions in Nigeria and Ghana where prospective students can meet the team to discuss their potential study options at RGU. 

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To register to attend one of the seminars, or to meet the team at another event in in Accra, Cape Coast, Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt, please 

Regional Manager at RGU, Jamie Hastings, said: “We’re looking forward to meeting with prospective students in Nigeria and Ghana to outline how RGU can help them secure the skills needed to develop their career or make a start in the oil and gas industry

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West Africa is our largest international market and it’s important that we build on the work we have done in the region to enable our students to gain the skills they need to be successful in their chosen careers. 

“We expect that the seminars will be very popular and I would advise those who want to attend to register early to guarantee a space on the day. 

“From engineering and oil and gas economics to project management and IT for the oil and gas industry, RGU maintains close relationships with a wide range of energy companies to ensure its courses are relevant and that graduates come out with the skills that employers need. This is borne out in the university’s impressive track record for graduate employment.” 

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At the seminars, Mr Iyalla will focus on the energy courses offered by the School of Engineering for both full-time and online distance learning delivery including PhD research expertise, as well as outline the links the university has with local, national and international companies to ensure graduates gain the necessary skills and capabilities to meet employer demands. 

Dr Bjiermi will present on a number of areas including construction, oil and gas and research which will highlight the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment’s performance, active themes and the environment in which potential candidates will work. It will also highlight the process of securing a place at RGU. 

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Dr Maddison will give an introduction to the university’s MSc energy management course and the opportunities its successful completion will provide. As well as academic learning, the course’s Consultancy Project gives students the opportunity to gain experience working on an industry-based consultancy project. 

The teaching team includes academics, current and former industry professionals as well as guest Lectures and specialist workshops. 

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Dr Lonie will discuss the roles of IT and Data Analytics in industry and commerce, including the Oil and Gas sector, and how a specialist Masters course or PhD study can prepare students for a career involving Information Technology. 

The seminars are free to attend and early registration is encouraged. For more information, please visit:

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