University welcomes Icelandic visitors

University welcomes Icelandic visitors

A delegation from Iceland visited the University of Aberdeen this week (Wednesday , April 10) as part of a four-day programme organised by Scottish Development International.

The purpose of the visit to Aberdeen, led by the Icelandic Ambassador to the UK, H.E. Benedikt Jónsson, was to meet with representatives from Aberdeen City Council and the oil and gas industry in Aberdeen to learn about the development of a strong supply and services industry for oil and gas.

The delegation included representatives from Keilir Technical University in Iceland and various oil and gas related industries including; industrial and regional development agencies in Iceland, the Federation of Icelandic Industries, marketing services, container transport companies, helicopter and aviation operators, waste management companies, engineering consultants, harbour authorities, drilling equipment companies and mechanical and marine engineering services.

Oil exploration has now commenced in the area around Jan Mayen Island, north-east of Iceland, and the delegation therefore requested a meeting with University representatives to learn more about training programmes relevant to the oil industry and other possible collaborative opportunities as well as the various ways in which the University works with the oil and gas industry.

Professor Jim Anderson gave a presentation to the delegation in the Sir Duncan Rice Library, followed by discussion with representatives from the School of Engineering, the School of Law and Aberdeen College, about oil-related programmes and short courses and the various opportunities and challenges faced by the oil industry.

The visit ended in exploHUB where Dr Stuart Archer, Director of exploHUB, gave a demonstration of the University’s Halliburton 3D visualisation suite.