Graduation in La Paz, Bolivia

The Graduation of Master students within Reservoir Engineering: Exploration, Evaluation and Environment

La Paz, Bolivia. 14.02.18

The 32 graduates
32 proud graduates!
UMSA Rector gives speech
The rector at UMSA Dr. Waldo Albarracín Sánchez giving his speech to the graduates.

The EnPe secretariat visited Boliva and Universidad Major de San Andrés (UMSA) for the graduation of 32 students from the EnPe-supported master programme in Reservoir Engineering: Exploration, Evaluation and Environment.

The rector of UMSA Dr. Waldo Albarracín Sánchez held a speech to the students where he emphasized the importance of this education for Bolivia as a country. “As Master students with a degree in reservoir engineering you have an important role as protagonists in the development of your country. With this degree of specialization you will cater to one of Bolivia’s biggest needs within the energy sector.”

Salvador Yamil Limachi Limachi

Salvador is a graduate student within reservoir engineering and has a bachelor in petroleum engineering. Salvador and two other students from UMSA participated in a competition hosted by European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) and made it all the way to the finals! They competed against among others The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Due to visa issues the team had to withdraw and could unfortunately not make it to the finals in Denmark.

Salavdor would very much like to do a PhD, but at the moment he has to focus on supporting his family. Nevertheless, he is very appreciative of the support he has received from the reservoir engineering programme and his options have surely increased with his new master’s degree.

Shirley Lopez

Shirley is a graduate student with a bachelor in geology. In Bolivia a bachelor degree takes five years and now with a master’s degree in reservoir engineering, she has seven years of higher education. She hopes to get a job as a teacher and a researcher in the Reservoir Engineering programme at UMSA, putting to use her skills and knowledge to educate a new generation of reservoir engineers in Boliva.

Text and photos by Elisabeth Strand Vigtel