BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--International Human Resources Development Corporation (IHRDC) announced today that it has reached agreement with ExxonMobil Exploration & Production Madagascar Majunga Limited (EMEPMML) and Madagascar’s University of Antananarivo to make its extensive library of petroleum e-Learning courses available to select students in a new program managed by the university’s École Supèrieure Polytechnique and IHRDC.
The program will be designed to build a base of student knowledge about the petroleum sector and the complex processes involved in oil and gas production. It will be derived from IHRDC’s award-winning IPIMS catalogue of online training courses designed to build competencies for industry professionals in upstream petroleum technology worldwide.
Under the agreement, EMEPMML will provide a year of sponsorship for the program in which 30 students and professors chosen from the Geology and Petroleum Engineering departments of the University of Antananarivo’s Polytechnique School will be given access to multiple interactive courses for in-depth knowledge about specific areas of exploration and production technology. In addition, EMEPMML staff will make regular presentations to students at the School during the year on subjects concerning the hydrocarbons sector.
“We are delighted to be partnering with the University of Antananarivo in offering our e-Learning library to students interested in learning about petroleum exploration and production technology,” said Tim Donohue, Vice President of e-Learning & Knowledge Solutions for IHRDC. “With this agreement, ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Madagascar has made it possible for us to reach an expanding community of promising students with a stake in the future of East-African energy development.”
The IHRDC - University of Antananarivo initiative is one of a number of programs underwritten by ExxonMobil companies as part of their ongoing commitment to invest in education programs focused on inspiring students around the world to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, including those that focus on teacher development and training.
“We hope that this program can serve as a model for additional petroleum training partnerships in other parts of Africa,” adds Donohue. “Disseminating knowledge in this way makes sense for governments, universities and their students, who represent the future of the continent’s petroleum industry.”
International Human Resources Development Corporation (www.ihrdc.com) has been a global leader in training and competency management for the oil and gas industry for more than 40 years, offering Instructional Programs, e-Learning resources, and Competency Management products and services available to the industry today. The company is headquartered in Boston, USA with offices in Houston, London, Amsterdam, Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and Lagos.
IHRDC is the proud recipient of the "Petroleum Industry Training Provider of the Year Award" from the Getenergy organization for 2010, 2011, and 2012, the 2014 Best in Class IMA Award, the 2014 Communicator Award, the 2011 Platinum AVA Award, 18 Telly Awards, and the 2003 Corporate Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Programming.
IPIMS is an industry-leading solution for building competencies in upstream petroleum technology. Developed in partnership with industry experts from 10 major oil and gas companies, its content is rigorous and extensive. The IPIMS catalog now includes more than 1089 e-Learning courses incorporating text, colorful graphics, video and challenging assessments in 135 exploration and production topic areas, ranging from beginning to advanced content levels.