Curtin University has signed an agreement with Chevron Australia in which the energy company will invest $1 million over three years to fund a new Chair in Petroleum Geology at the University’s Department of Applied Geology.
The agreement is part of Chevron’s global University Partnership Program (UPP) and aims to enhance knowledge and capability in soft rock and petroleum geology through long-term research and the development of Curtin’s education programs.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jeanette Hacket, said the investment will build on the existing relationship with Chevron, which already includes funding the Chair of Corrosion Engineering, student awards and bursaries.
“I am excited to see this partnership go from strength to strength as we work together in developing new research in corrosion and petroleum engineering,” she said.
“The program will not only advance our partnerships with other universities across the globe, but will allow Curtin to contribute towards a world-class talent pool that will benefit the energy industry.
“We are honoured to be selected by Chevron, as they recognise our excellent reputation in the energy sector for producing forward thinking graduates and delivering academic excellence.”
The UPP was developed in conjunction with leading universities around the world to establish new research and technology programs, foster academic excellence, grow research capacity, build key relationships and provide student scholarships.
Curtin joins The University of Western Australia as the only Australian universities to be part of the program. Other leading universities include Stanford University, Texas A&M University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States, Imperial College in London, Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia.
Megan Meates, Public Relations, Curtin University
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