Cyprus should invest in oil and gas educationHaving the opportunity to become a strong energy centre in the Eastern Mediterranean Cyprus should invest in education in the field of oil and gas exploitation. This message was conveyed by a workshop held yesterday in Nicosia on developing the oil and gas sector with a focus on education. The workshop was organised by the British High Commission, the School of Engineering of the University of Cyprus and the British Council. Rector of the University of Cyprus Constantinos Christofides said that he would use the results of the workshop ‘to shape its agenda for exploiting the new opportunities in the hydrocarbon sector through educational, research and services programmes’. British High Commissioner Matthew Kidd highlighted that skills and knowledge were very important for a country like Cyprus, which wants to have a successful energy sector and become a regional energy hub. He said that the UK had experience in developing knowledge on the oil and gas industry and expressed the readiness of Britain to offer its knowledge and help to Cyprus in addressing the challenges as a sign of solidarity especially now as the country was going through a difficult period. Permanent Secretary of the commerce ministry Stelios Chimonas speaking on behalf of Minister Giorgos Lakkotrypis, said that according to a study by the Human Resources Development Authority, it was expected that more than 5,000 jobs would be created in the hydrocarbons sector by 2019. ‘Obviously, all of these jobs will have to be filled by the right professionals, with the right skills and education,’ he said.