Following the discovery of a huge deposit of natural gas to the north of the territory in 2010, the international consortium TJS, of which TechnipFMC is the leader, has won a major contact with Mozambique for the engineering, equipment supply, construction, installation, implementation and start-up of the unit intended for the exploitation of this deposit.
In order to contribute to the development of higher education in Mozambique, to promote the transfer of hygiene, security and environment knowledge (HSE) and to improve long-term employability in this emerging industrial sector, the consortium decided to finance the implementation of a HSE Master’s at the Center of Studies for Oil and Gas Engineering and Technology (CS-OGET), a World Bank centre of excellence installed at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo. The CIEP, in partnership with the University of Technology of Troyes (UTT), won the international call for tender launched to meet this demand.
From the project’s launch, a programme development strategy has been defined, in line with the Mozambican context. To do this, the CIEP-UTT consortium has relied on pedagogical scenarios developed and tested in the French technological universities, particularly at the UTT. The general objective is to develop knowledge, as well as expertise and interpersonal skills.
At the end of February 2019, the project’s steering committee, joining together the TJS consortium, the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), the UTT and the CIEP, held their first meeting. At this event, the final version of the Master’s was approved, as well as the organisation of the first phase missions, from March to June 2019, which comprise twelve French expert training missions to Mozambique and four UEM professors spending time in Troyes.
At the same time, a significant part of the project was carried out, with the visits and interviews aiming to establish lasting partnerships between the HSE Master’s and Franco-Mozambican cooperation (AFD, Franco-Mozambican Embassy and Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and public and private companies developing HSE activities that are likely to receive internship students or to participate in teaching activities.
The second phase, planned from July 2019 for a period of four years, will include establishing the Master’s and its platform, continuing to train the new teaching team and teaching the first three cohorts of students.