October 9, 2014
In 1998, HEC Montréal joined forces with a number of major Quebec and Chinese firms to offer a first graduate diploma program (D.E.S.S.) in Energy Sector Management for Chinese executives. Now the School is extending the program to Congolese students, this time entirely in French. The new program comes at the specific request of the government of the Republic of the Congo, looking to optimize its energy resources. The first cohort of 23 Congolese students started the program in April 2014, and the second is planned for April 2015.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer this program to our partners in the Congo,” says Hassan Taghvaï, Director of International Executive Education at HEC Montréal. “The School has acquired valuable expertise in training programs in the energy sector, particularly in China, and we are putting it to good use. Our ultimate objective is to offer this program in other countries in Central Africa, so that we can all work together to overcome the many challenges in this sector.”
This graduate diploma program, overseen by Academic Director Pierre-Olivier Pineau, holder of the Chair in Energy Sector Management, is intended for people from the private sector, government departments and other organizations who work in the natural resources sector in general and energy in particular. The one-year program includes 18 courses and a supervised study project.
The students are flanked by Jean-Jacques Bouya, Minister at the Presidency for Spatial Planning and Delegate-General for Major Projects, members of his cabinet, the Congolese team co-ordinating the program, Lecturer Camille Thibodeau, Professor Armand Moyikoua, Rector of the Université Marien Ngouabi, Hassan Taghvaï, Director of International Executive Education at HEC Montréal, and Fatima Beyina-Moussa (HEC 1994), Executive Director of ECAir (Equatorial Congo Airlines), who has been involved in this project since the start.
Photo: Romaric Oniangué/Groupe Sorom Color.