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University link-up will help deliver graduate jobs at BP
Friday, 01 June 2007
Science, IT and Engineering
A new multi-million pound partnership will see the University of Manchester become a leading provider of educational programmes, research facilities and graduate jobs for BP.
After competing with a host of other leading UK institutions, Manchester has been selected to run Managing Projects and Engineering Management courses sponsored by BP. The new programmes will see around £4 million pound of investment from BP and are expected to be formatted and introduced within the next year.
BP will also begin funding into further research of wind technology programmes at the university's schools of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering.
"This is one of our biggest strategic academic partnerships and we are very excited by this important step," commented Brian Gilvary, BP's group vice president for supply and trading.
"It will develop world leading projects and engineering expertise for BP and the next generation of engineers and business people coming out of Manchester University may see at first hand the benefit of this partnership - by providing education to, and challenging and invigorating careers in BP's technical communities they will help us meet our aspirations."
The energy giant currently has a UK workforce of more than 15,000 people and graduate jobs at BP include roles in the company's engineering, environmental and business sectors.