The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and NextDecade LLC, developer of the proposed Rio Grande LNG project at the Port of Brownsville, Texas, US, have entered into a strategic partnership to foster STEM-based (science, technology, engineering and math) education programmes, facilitate research and job training opportunities for UTRGV students. The partnership will also promote collaboration between academia and industry as they seek common solutions to societal challenges.
The programme will also bolster local social and economic development. It will be tailored to meet the needs of the community and prospective employers.
Dr Alex Domijan, Professor and Dean of the UTRGV College of Engineering and Computer Science, said: “Energy forms the basis for economic growth and many of our interdependent infrastructures, including transportation, water, manufacturing, security, information systems and healthy communities […] This partnership will bring wonderful opportunities to provide a path to a better life for people in our region and connect us with global opportunities, as well.
Kathleen Eisbrenner, Chair and CEO of NextDecade, added: “NextDecade is passionate about inspiring today’s youth […] We support STEM education programming and have placed special emphasis in the Rio Grande Valley region, where we have a vested interest to attract and retain local talent. Our hope is that this partnership will have a significant long-term beneficial impact for all UTRGV students and the community in which it operates.”
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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