Aberdeen University has been awarded £1.4million to help develop oil and gas education in East Africa.
The grant will be split with Dar es Salaam University in Tanzania to help develop the country’s energy sector.
Tanzania is home to significant gas reserves, but relies heavily on expertise from abroad.
The grant follows a call from the EU to European and Tanzanian universities to develop the country’s knowledge of the industry.
The institutions will work on a three year programme to promote learning, research and knowledge sharing and introduce engineering, geo-sciences, business and law.
John Scrimgeour, director of the Aberdeen Institute of Energy said he was delighted with the funding and described it has a testament to the approach the university takes toward energy research.
He added: “Our approach will combine practical training for academic staff and businesses in the oil and gas sector in Tanzania, but in a sustainable way so that the country develops the expertise that will help it respond to its own needs in the future.
“This is complemented by the knowledge and skills we can call upon from our partners in the Oil and Gas Academy of Scotland, who have supported us as the lead organisation on this bid.”