In order for universities to fulfill their roles and responsibilities to their many stakeholders within society, they must successfully address a multitude of tasks both internally and externally, domestically and internationally. This paper provides a summary of observations and recommendations, along with detailed examples, regarding successful collaborations and partnerships among universities, IOCs, NOCs, and other stakeholders, with a focus on the best practices in education, training, and research for petroleum engineering, geology, and geophysics programs within universities. Most of the experiences and conclusions presented address the university discipline of petroleum engineering (PE), with significant aspects tied to the other petroleum industry upstream E&P disciplines of geology (GE) and geophysics (GP). Most of the information and recommendations are widely applicable throughout the world, but emphasis will be placed on the experiences of the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) with partnerships in China.

The major theme is that while many traditional university programs and activities have been shown to be mutually rewarding to both universities and the industry, real success in these matters typically requires innovative collaborations between international universities as well as a stable relationship with one or more other partners. This additional partner, with a long-term interest in the success of the program, is essential in providing a continuous and adequate flow of financial resources, ensuring both the sustainability and long-term health of the university programs.

Also, the paper will clarify how all of the parties involved in these E&P education, training, and research activities can benefit from partnerships involving diverse international teams of experts, mentors, and students of all ages, thus demonstrating how PE-oriented entities can broaden and strengthen their collaborations with universities and other partners.

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