Wednesday 24.October 2012
The closing ceremony of the 34th annual session of the UNU-GTP was held on October 12, 2012, with a record number of 33 UNU graduates from the six month specialized courses. The Fellows came from 17 countries: Bangladesh (1), China (2), Djibouti (1), El Salvador (2), Ethiopia (3), India (1), Kenya (10), Malawi (1), Mexico (1), Nevis (1), Nicaragua (1), Papua New Guinea (2), Philippines (2), Rwanda (2), Sri Lanka (1), Tanzania (1), and Uganda (1).
Class of 2012
The Fellows were trained in: Borehole Geology (7), Geothermal Utilization (6), Geophysical Exploration (5), Reservoir Engineering (5), Chemistry of Thermal Fluids (3), Drilling Technology (2), Environmental Science (2), Geological Exploration (2), and Borehole Geophysics (1).
During 1979-2012, 515 scientists and engineers from 53 countries have completed the annual six month courses. They have come from countries in Asia (40%), Africa (32%), Central and Eastern Europe (12%), Latin America (16%), and Oceania (0,4%). Amonst these have been 97 women (19%). This is the first time that UNU Fellows have come from India, Malawi and Papua New Guinea.
At the ceremony speeches were given by Dr. Ingvar Brigir Fridleifsson, director of the UNU-GTP, Dr. Guðni A. Jóhannsson, Director General of the National Energy Authority, Dr. Einar Gunnarsson, Permanent Secretary of State, and Ms. Edna Ouko on behalf of the graduating class.