The Technion in Haifa will sign a cooperation agreement with the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Stavanger University.
The Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa will sign a cooperation agreement with the Department of Petroleum Engineering at Norway's University of Stavanger to train Israeli engineers in the oil industry and services. The University of Stavanger has already signed the agreement, which will also offer scholarships to Israeli doctoral students to study petroleum engineering. The scholarships, amounting to $75,000 a year per student, will be used to finance studies and living expenses in Stavanger.
Norwegian-Israeli Chamber of Commerce chairman Aharon (Orni) Izakson told "Globes" that Israel and Norway were examining an idea under which veteran Norwegian petroleum engineers would help train skilled workers in Israel. Most of the employees in Israel's natural gas drilling and production industry are not Israelis, and until recently, there was no program to teach the skills in Israel.
Izakson added that Israel and Norway have recently grown closer in the energy and other fields. This warming has been seen since the swearing in, in October, of Norway's new government, which rejects any boycott of Israel. The center-right government is headed by Prime Minister Erna Solberg of the Conservative Party with the Progress Party.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on January 26, 2014
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