Education and applied research are the main tasks of the University of Stavanger, which has built a particularly strong position in risk management and offshore technology.
Through its operational units, DNV GL has achieved the status of a world leader in risk services to the offshore industry, and this cooperation agreement means that they will be able to draw on each other’s strengths.
Offhore and maritime sectors
The agreement paves the way for professional synergies and collaboration on commercial projects and research activities. In addition, the parties have a clear goal of sharing knowledge by exchanging speakers, students and PhD candidates and through opportunities for assistant professorships at the university.
The cooperation between DNV GL and the University of Stavanger is not completely new and has previously included both guidance to and the recruitment of students, in addition to good professional collaboration in the offshore and maritime sectors.
Students with ideas
Now, both parties want to take this one step further. Now that DNV GL has moved its Norwegian oil and gas headquarters from Høvik, outside Oslo, to Stavanger in 2014, conditions are even more suitable for this.
“The industry is facing large, complex challenges and DNV GL is working to find solutions to these by cooperating with the authorities, oil companies, suppliers and academia. Through this cooperation agreement with the University of Stavanger, we are paving the way for just this,” said DNV GL’s regional director Marianne Hauso when signing the framework agreement at DNV GL’s office in Stavanger.
“I also believe the oil and gas industry will need new graduates with fresh ideas who can apply these to the increasingly complex energy sector. In the past, we have benefited greatly from this,” added Hauso.
“We pride ourselves in offering studies and research which are useful for the industry. This agreement will make us even more relevant. The fact that offshore technology and risk management are priority areas for UiS, makes cooperation with DNV even more important to us.