In Angola, BP helped set up and continues to support the International Oil and Gas master of laws (LLM) programme at Agostinho Neto University. The programme is the first of its kind in Africa and one of the few in the world. The purpose of the programme is to develop a cadre of professionals locally who have a greater in-depth knowledge of oil and gas law and industry.
So far, approximately 50 Angolan professionals have graduated from the programme, including a member of the nation’s constitutional court, a former minister of commerce, oil and gas company employees, heads of local law firms and local law professors.
In 2010, the Angolan LLM programme inspired the creation of an intensive eight-week law, economics and policy course at Thailand´s Chulalongkorn University. This new course was designed to enhance the knowledge of oil and gas professionals in Thailand’s developing oil and gas industry and beyond.
Building capability is important. BP worked closely with the Agostinho Neto Law School from the beginning to set up the programme, helping develop clear systems and procedures to ensure its smooth delivery.
Ensuring long term viability also matters. The programme influenced the creation of a Legal, Economy and Social Studies Research Centre at the University to ensure the programme has a lasting legacy.
Working in partnership brings mutual benefits. Through BP’s support, graduates have access to improved training and insights into the oil and gas industry, while BP, and the sector overall, benefits from access to top graduates for future recruitment.