Occidental Oman Continues Educational Initiatives
Occidental Oman has conducted the first Student Seminar of its Student Awards Campaign for the Advancement of Post-Graduate Education in Oman. The Seminar was on “Why Pursue Graduate Studies” and was held at the German University of Technology on February 21st.
Various issues and points of view were discussed by prominent key speakers including Steve Kelly, President and General Manager of Occidental Oman, Prof. Dr-Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech in Oman, Dr. Saif Al-Hiddabi, Deputy Secretary General, The Research Council (TRC) and Maher Al Wahaibi, a recipient of Occidental Oman Student Awards 2016.
With over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, Steve Kelly joined a panel of key stakeholders to share his deep knowledge of the industry to an audience of 100 GUtech Students spanning across various departments such as Engineering, Geosciences, Business, Urban Development & Planning, and Computer Science. The seminar served as an ideal platform for students, professors, government officials, and representatives from the oil and gas industry, to discuss opportunities related to post graduate studies and subsequent career paths.
A Survey conducted in October 2016 by Gulf Intelligence with 200 Oman-based energy executives resulted in 61% of respondents agreeing that the gap between Oman’s Industry and Academia to build an aligned 21st century R&D ecosystem is wide but bridgeable in 3-5 years. The Student Seminar dialogues is a key component in closing this gap.
Occidental Oman supports such programs and initiatives as it believes in the importance of education to achieve sustainable development and that a well-educated and committed population is integral to a successful economy and a developed nation.