The Geothermal Training Programme (GTP)

The Geothermal Training Programme is a postgraduate training programme, aiming at assisting developing countries in capacity building within geothermal exploration and development. The programme consists of six months annual training for practicing professionals from developing and transitional countries with significant geothermal potential. Priority is given to countries where geothermal development is under way, in order to maximize technology transfer.

The programme has operated in Iceland since 1979 and is hosted by the National Energy Authority (Orkustofnun). From its establishment until 31 December 2019, it was a cooperation between the United Nations University (UNU) and the Government of Iceland.  As of 1 January, 2020, GTP and UNU decided to part ways, and GTP joined hands with the other three training Programmes in Iceland (Fisheries Training Programme, Land Restoration Training Programme, and Gender Equality Studies Training Programme) to form GRÓ: the Centre for Capacity Development – Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and Societal Change in Iceland. The Centre, through the Programmes, will, as before, aim to strengthen organisational, institutional and individual, capacities in developing countries with a focus on:

  • Promoting the utilisation and sustainable management of reliable, economically viable, and environmentally sound geothermal energy resources (GTP);
  • Promoting sustainable use and management of living aquatic resources (FTP);
  • Promoting restoration of degraded land and sustainable land management (LRT); and
  • Promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment and social justice (GEST).