The 40th session of the UNU-GTP Closed on Friday 5th of October, with 24 UNU Fellows in the six month specialized courses. The Fellows come from 14 countries: Bolivia (2), China (2), Djibouti (1), Ecuador (1), El Salvador (1), Ethiopia (2), India (1), Indonesia (3), Kenya (5), Nevis (1), Philippines (1), St. Lucia (1), Tanzania (2), and Zambia (1). This is the first time St. Lucia participates in the Six Month Programme. The Fellows were trained in: Project management and finances (7), Drilling Technology (6), Chemistry of Thermal Fluids (4), Geophysical exploration (4), and Geothermal Utilization (3).
From 1979-2018, 694 scientists and engineers from 61 countries have completed the annual six month training. They have come from countries in Africa (39%), Asia (35%), Central and Eastern Europe (11%), Latin America (14%), and Oceania (1%). Among these have been 158 women (23%). Since 2000, 62 have graduated with MSc. Four MSc Fellows graduated in early 2018 and two graduated in late 2018. Five MSc Fellows commenced their studies in September 2017 and are estimated to graduate in 2019. One started his PhD studies in 2018. Three continue their PhD studies.
The aim of the UNU Geothermal Training Programme is to assist in establishing groups of specialists in selected institutions in developing countries with significant geothermal potential. Priority is given to candidates from countries where geothermal exploration and development is already under way.
Of the 694 graduates from 1979-2018, the largest groups of Fellows have come from Kenya (129), China (89), Ethiopia (43), El Salvador (41), the Philippines (41), and Indonesia (35).
The group of Kenyan Fellows is an example of successful capacity building. The group consists of:
- 25 Geologists
- 22 Drilling engineers
- 19 Chemists
- 16 Geophysicists
- 17 Geothermal engineers
- 13 Reservoir engineers
- 12 Environmental scientists
- 5 Project managers
The former Kenyan UNU Fellows are staff members of government institutions, municipal energy utilities and universities. Many of the Fellows are in the forefront of geothermal research and development in the country. Kenya has ambitions goals for geothermal development and is planning to generate about 5,000 MWe by 2030.