Education and enterprise development

Supporting education 

Our support for education seeks to help individuals while also contributing to broader challenges such as enabling access to education and improving the condition of rural schools. We are keen to make sure that we complement the efforts of the government by building capacity, whether that be by improving school buildings, supporting university education, developing the capacity of institutions to provide better educational services, or helping individuals gain the skills they need to make a valuable contribution to society. We believe that education can help individuals contribute to better citizenship. Our support includes programmes with a number of disadvantaged groups. 

In 2013, for example, we and our partners continued to provide support for school construction and refurbishment. We also opened new schools; which can change the lives of entire communities, especially in areas where there is poverty or other forms of deprivation. 

Developing people’s skills 

We also focus our efforts on developing people’s skills so that they can make a valuable contribution to the country’s development. These initiatives are often linked to strengthening training and development institutions.For example, in June 2013, progress was made in an initiative that we support to promote English language training and capability development in Angola. An agreement between the British Council and the Angolan Institute of Higher Education of Luanda (ISCED), aims to develop a centre of excellence for English language training and deliver better quality English language tuition. 
“English is vital for the development of our country and all departments of government and institutions that deal with external 
organizations,” said ISCED director Daniel Mingas. “English is needed to be able to engage in dialogue and to negotiate on level terms with our partners, and hence training in this language needs to be consolidated to bring the desired benefits to our country.”

Supporting engineering and science

BP and University Agostinho Neto (UAN) signed a cooperation agreement in 2005 which aims to improve the quantity and quality of Angolan engineers and geoscientists in Angola. The programme provides financial assistance for internal scholarships, text books and laboratory equipment, programmes to improve teaching skills, and other education equipment, materials and facilities.

We have also partnered with the Academy for Educational Development to install a geographical information system laboratory and develop an applied professional users’ course. In addition to training university teachers and students, the course is providing training for individuals from utility companies and government bodies. 

Building legal capacity in oil and gas

We have assisted the UAN law faculty in establishing a Masters (LLM) programme in oil and gas law. The objective of the programme is to create qualified professionals who will adequately serve the interests of the Angolan people, of the state and of the petroleum industry, with the goal of making petroleum and gas contracts beneficial to all. The course contains a wide range of modules including ethics and transparency, oil and gas technology, contracts, tax and environmental law.

BP initially committed $2.3 million to fund three sessions of the programme and has provided significant technical assistance. Further funding to cover a fourth course was subsequently provided. 

Building on the programme’s success, the university law faculty has announced the 
establishment of a Research Centre for Legal, Economic and Social Studies which will be responsible for running the LLM programme as well as a prospective oil and gas MBA programme. Both initiatives will receive financial and technical support from BP Angola. 

The university has agreed to convert the existing BP-sponsored programme into two full Masters degree courses, enabling students to take either a Masters in oil and gas law or in oil and gas business management. 

The new programmes will involve collaboration with the Brazilian Petroleum Institute, and will offer unique opportunities to engage current and future leaders, and will position BP for hiring the best graduates. The strong networking created around the programme which involves students from a wide range of institutions such as oil companies, legal firms, the Ministry of Petroleum and Ministry of Finance, allows them to make a significant contribution in their chosen fields, reducing reliance on foreign technical assistance. 

In addition to training legal professionals and future leaders of Angola in managerial, technical and legal aspects of international oil and gas, the programmes help to raise awareness within government, industry and academia of the importance and benefit of transparency and good governance, as well as conducting business in an ethical manner. 

Building wider knowledge of our industry 

To celebrate the production start-up of the biggest ultra-deep water project in Africa comprising the largest subsea infrastructure in the world, BP organized a high-level delegation visit offshore to officially inaugurate the Plutão, Saturno, Vénus and Marte floating production storage offloading vessel (PSVM FPSO) and a special technology exhibition in the Natural History Museum in Luanda.
The desire for information on all aspects of our industry – and especially Plutão, Saturno, Vénus and Marte (PSVM) project and role – was evident from the thousands of visitors of all ages who came to the technology exhibition to gain insight into the significant contribution being made by the oil and gas industry in the development of modern Angola.