What about developing curriculum for BUET/PMRE?
I attended five different courses during the first month of the visit. These courses covered energy economics, petroleum accounting, development of regulations, international petroleum law and transaction and the study of the business framework of petroleum industry. They helped me understanding the subject better and refining my objectives. In addition, these courses also gave me the opportunity to observe different class room teaching techniques.
Based on the experiences gathered from these courses I developed the first course tentatively titled "Energy Value Chain Economics, Policy and Regulation" (Draft Course Outline) with the help of my colleagues at IELE. We are hoping to offer this course to our petroleum graduate students in the coming semester at BUET. Later on, this course will be offered to all graduate students of BUET. We also plan to develop two more courses in the future. Based on the energy economy course, several short courses will be offered to the industry, government and general public.
What were some other activities in which you took part while in Houston ?
I attended several SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers), GCPA (Gulf Coast Power Association) and USAEE (United States Association for Energy Economics) meetings. I also attended the Offshore Technology Conference which is the largest show in the oil industry. These meetings and seminars gave me a clear image on the present trends and direction in the industry. I also got updated on the recent development in technology, processes, models, procedures and most importantly, ideas.
Together with my colleagues at IELE, I started a research program on the Bangladesh energy value chain. We finished a short article for a Bangladesh publication and are working on a more refined article for the international industry publications such as the Oil & Gas Journal . Eventually, a much longer version will be sent to academic journals such as The Energy Journal or Energy Policy .
Overall, how beneficial was to be in Houston ?
This trip was very helpful. My experience and exposure was beyond my expectation.
Finally, what are the next steps in the partnership activities?
I think the first objective would be to successfully transfer the knowledge and finish the research papers. Recently, Bangladesh has established the Energy Regulatory Commission. We hope to showcase our success to the industry and the government. Through interaction and dialogues with the shareholders, we hope to set the objectives of the next stage.