Four more Guyanese win CNOOC scholarships for petroleum sciences in China

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Press Release from CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited

CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited (CPGL), in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources, on Friday awarded scholarships to study Petroleum Sciences in China to a second batch of four Guyanese students. The initiative, funded by CPGL, is part of a program being conducted jointly between that Ministry and CPGL. The first four awardees from the 2023-2024 academic year have almost completed their first year of studies.

This year’s scholarship winners were chosen from students who submitted applications in response to nationwide advertisements. Of the eleven entrants that were shortlisted, the 4 successful awardees were selected by a panel comprising officials from CPGL and the Natural Resources Ministry.

CPGL will fully fund the costs of education, transportation and living expenses for each student. Upon graduation, they would each be required to work with either the Ministry, or with CPGL, for 5 years.

Under the current program, 10 scholarships will be awarded over a three year period.

This year’s awardees are Shanae Henry, Hailie Caesar, Delicia Cameron and Rasheeda Daniels, who received their scholarship agreements after a signing ceremony that was held at CPGL’s headquarters in Georgetown yesterday, and attended by Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Mr. Vickram Bharrat.

The Minister pointed out that the initiative is a significant contribution toward developing the capacity of Guyana’s oil and gas sector, given that the scholarship awards would reduce the dearth of tertiary education graduates in the petroleum industry. Mr. Bharrat reiterated his Ministry’s support for the initiative, while declaring that it is yet another testimony to the friendship between Guyana and China. The Minister praised CPGL for its commitment to the development of Guyana and to the education sector in particular.

The President of CPGL, Mr. Liu Xiaoxiang, declared that the project demonstrates CPGL’s strong commitment to the people of Guyana by developing local content and in building local capacity through the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. He indicated that CPGL has made numerous donations to help foster learning in the past several years due to education being a key pillar of the company’s CSR initiatives.

The 2024 scholarship winners each thanked CPGL and the Ministry of Natural Resources for providing them the opportunity to earn their first degrees and pledged to pursue their studies diligently.

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