Issue 3 - 2 April 2012 enews home

Dow commits to education and research in Top End


VC Barney Glover

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover
and Dow Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris seal the agreement

The Dow Chemical Company and Charles Darwin University have announced a joint commitment to education services and research capabilities targeted at the oil and gas industry in Northern Australia and across South-East Asia.

The move will reflect the emerging importance of the natural resources and energy industry in the region and plans to deliver the first flexible online accredited chemical engineering program in Northern Australia.

The three-year agreement supports the development of research, distance education and training at CDU's North Australian Centre for Oil and Gas (NACOG). NACOG will provide a focal point to support the CDU Chemical Engineering program through access to state-of-the-art teaching and research equipment and laboratories.

Dow Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Andrew Liveris and CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover unveiled the agreement at the university.

"As the expansion of energy facilities, particularly those in gas processing, becomes a reality over the next decade, there will be considerable need to develop an appropriately skilled workforce and advanced engineering capability to support this and allied industry sectors," Mr Liveris said.

"CDU's foresight through the expansion of NACOG will help Australia to maximise the competitive advantages of the country's natural resources through creative solutions that use energy as a driver, not a drain, on long-term economic growth and sustainable prosperity and wealth."

Mr Liveris said that around the world, countries competed like companies for global competitive advantage, and a robust manufacturing sector was absolutely critical to sustained economic growth and job creation. "No sector creates jobs and value and growth on the scale manufacturing does," he said.

Professor Glover said CDU was excited to be recognised as a leading institution in the field of gas and oil education, especially given the imperative to enhance the skills base of a sector that was barely keeping up with demand due to growth in exports.

"This collaboration with Dow, one of the world's leading science and technology companies, highlights not only the importance of the oil and gas sector to the Australian economy but also the determination of CDU to provide opportunities to students in this region as well as elsewhere in Australia, via distance learning," he said.