University of Calgary plans to revive its oil and gas engineering program

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Admission to the University of Calgary’s oil and gas engineering program had been halted in 2021 due to declining student interest.

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Posted yesterday at 8:31 p.m. UTC

The University of Calgary is considering relaunching its oil and gas engineering program, which it suspended three years ago due to declining student demand.

The suspension followed a multi-year period marked by low oil prices, corporate consolidation and mass layoffs in the energy sector.

At the time, the school said it had seen a dramatic drop in student interest in the program, which also coincided with a surge in interest in renewable energy and the energy transition.

But oil prices have since rebounded, and Canadian oil companies have made big profits over the past two years.

The war in Ukraine has also brought the issue of energy security to the forefront, and global demand for fossil fuels continues to rise.

Joe McFarland, a University spokesperson, confirmed in an email that the process has begun to relaunch the program beginning in fall 2025.

According to him, the university is once again seeing demand from young people wanting to pursue a career in the oil and gas sector.

We are engaged with our industrial partners and we look forward to the resumption of this important program did he declare.

With information from The Canadian Press

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