On October 23, 2018 at CICAD, the ceremony to launch the first batch of students of the Specialized Master's Degree in Oil and Gas Engineering was held under the chairmanship of His Excellency Mr. Macky SALL, President of the Republic of Senegal. It was an opportunity to introduce the 22 selected students and mark the start of the INPG training programmes .

Mr. Jean-Charles ODON, Head of Saipem's Senegal Branch visited the first Promotion of the Master's Degree in Petroleum Engineering in order to introduce them to the company, discuss the Grand Tortue project that will be done with BP and present potential positions that Saipem would have to offer.

Mr Greg MOGAN, Senegal's Vice President of Woodside Energy, one of INPG's partners, came to exchange with the first Promotion of the Specialized Master in Petroleum Engineering on Woodside's activities in Senegal and the different stages of the Front End Engineering Design (FEED).