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BABC Member -  The Robert Gordon University



The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, United Kingdom has strong connections with Houston Texas.  The oil and gas industry binds Aberdeen to Houston with many organizations operating in both cities and many of their employees crossing from one to the other and back again.  Despite our differing accents, we speak the same language. 

Our location in the oil capital of Europe means that the Robert Gordon University has naturally tailored many of its courses and services to the oil and gas industry, fitting its expertise to the local community and the industry worldwide.


Specialist courses

We offer a range of courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level.  Of particular note are our AMBA-accredited MBA and Oil and Gas MBA, which can be completedonline within 32-36 months for less than $20 000, and our range of postgraduate Oil and Gas Engineering courses.


Bespoke solutions

rgu.jpgRGU is focused on understanding your organization, its professional development and knowledge-based needs.  We understand that every business is different and will work towards creating bespoke solutions which work effectively and efficiently for you whether this is cost-effective bespoke short course training, professionally accredited teaching programs, consultancy partnerships or collaborative research.

·               RGU has a proven track record delivering customized learning and development programs to the local and international oil and gas industry.  Many of our clients are repeat customers and have requested training to be delivered to multiple cohorts across different business units.  As an example, RGU has delivered Masters Degrees in Oil and Gas Engineering, Drilling and Well Engineering and Petroleum Production Engineering for PVDSA in Venezuela, together with an English Language program to support delivery.  These training courses produced over 200 graduates in a range of engineering disciplines.  We have also been working with Sonatrach in Algeria for over 10 years to produce over 400 Masters (MSc) graduates in oil and gas disciplines and 37 MBA graduates with an oil and gas focus.  Moreover, with RGU’s breadth of expertise across all of its faculties it has the advantage of being able to assist a client with training in more than one specific discipline area.   As an example of this, RGU has also delivered intensive short course programs to Sonatrach, including senior executive training.


·               Research undertaken by RGU focuses on providing innovative and practical solutions to industrial problems. Our research is well recognized for transferring new technologies to industry through spin-out companies, patents and knowledge transfer partnerships.  Our expertise includes: well engineering; flow modelling; condition monitoring; materials and environmental technologies.


·               Through our industry experts and 300+ Academic staff, RGU has the capability to provide industry benchmarking.  In particular, we can provide benchmarking in: cost and performance; efficiencies (logistics, utilization etc.) and processes (procurement processes, HR processes, finance processes).


We are also keen to support and offer networking opportunities to our alumni and extend this to our current distance learning students based in Texas.  We have nearly 500 alumni in the Houston area alone. If you have any colleagues or contacts who are alumni of RGU, please don’t hesitate to pass along this email.  We also have a Linked In group for RGU Alumni in Texas which you may like to join.


As always, RGU is keen to maintain and develop close links with the oil and gas industry and as such, we will have an exhibitors’ booth at this year’s NAPEConference in Houston on February 11th and 12th. Please do come along and introduce yourself.