The Port Harcourt Project Office (PHPO), a part of the Decentralized Cooperation Programme, was established on 23 March 2006 as a field office in Nigeria. Operating in collaboration with federal, state and local authorities, PHPO implements various training and capacity building activities. The initial concept of PHPO was based on two principles; close cooperation with regional governments, local authorities and elected municipalities on the one hand, and strong, transparent public-private partnerships on the other.
Since the inauguration of the PHPO, its capacity building activities are focused on the following;
Nigerian scholars and teachers at SHUC Campus
In collaboration with the Petroleum Technology Development Fund of the Federal Government opf Nigeria, UNITAR PHPO has developed a Technical Training and Manpower Capacity Building Programme to provide 39 Nigerian scholars with a specialized Mechanical Engineering Bachelor in petroleum, marine and subsea engineering, and innovation and entrepreneurship engineering.
The tailor-made programme aims at increasing indigenous capacity to exploit and manage local oil and gas resources. At the end of the 3-year curriculum delivered by the Stord Haugesund University College (SHUC) in Norway, scholars will graduate as bachelors in Mechanical Engineering Degree with specialization in Petroleum Technology and Marine Construction, in compliance with European Quality Framework Level 6.
Nigerian scholars studying at SHUC campus library