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Petroleum Geosciences dubbed Best learning environment in 2017

When it comes to learning environment at UiS, Petroleum Geology Sciences gets the price. Like, literally.

Professors Nestor Cardozo and Alejandro Escalona receives prize and praise from pro-rector Dag Husebø and Director of Academic Affairs, Veslemøy Hagen. Photo: Karen Anne Okstad Professors Nestor Cardozo and Alejandro Escalona receives prize and praise from pro-rector Dag Husebø and Director of Academic Affairs, Veslemøy Hagen. Photo: Karen Anne Okstad

The Committee for learning environment at UiS recently decided to honour the people behind the successful and popular master's programme in Petroleum Geosciences Engineering.

Offering students varied assignments and including them in research activities are two important reasons behind the decision. 

Professors Nestor Cardozo and Alejandro Escalona were presented with the prize of 50.000 NOK and a diploma. 

"We will ask the students how to spend the money," said the professors. 

High scores

The students themselves nominated the staff for the award. "Our professors are here because they want to teach us everything they know, and because they are passionate about the programme."

Petroleum Geology has consistently received high scores in student evaluations. Prof Escalona thinks this is mainly due to the open dialogue between staff and students, a diverse and international environment and numerous excursions and social activities throughout the year.

Writing papers

Not least, students are included in research activities.

"Our students get to co-write papers and take them to conferences. We also put high academic demands on them," says Escalona.

The Pet-Geo study at UiS has also been dubbed best geosciences study in Norway (article in Norwegian) and enjoys a very good international reputation as well.

Text: Leiv Gunnar Lie