Initiative to promote STEM education across the GCC
UAE— November, 2015: The Dow Chemical Company and the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA) have held the second edition of the “Young Scientists Program”, an initiative that aims to identify and reward students aspiring to pursue a career in chemical and petroleum engineering in the GCC. This unique program provides selected students with access to information, events and intelligence to help further their studies in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related fields, and support their passion for scientific discovery.
Rolling out across educational institutes in the Middle East and North Africa region, the program selected talented students to participate in a range of activities, including a visit to Dow’s Jebel Ali Coatings Plant and an orientation program at Dow’s regional head office. Students were also given the opportunity to attend the 10th Annual GPCA Forum in Dubai, the industry’s flagship event in the Arabian Gulf region, gaining access to some of the biggest names in the petrochemical sector and renowned experts from across the industry. In addition to receiving a “hands-on” experience with the downstream petrochemical industry, the students also received suitable accreditation for their achievements.
Dow’s President for the Middle East, North Africa & Turkey, Markus Wildi said, “Dow believes the health of the petrochemicals sector is intertwined with the health and progress of the communities in which it operates. As such, we are actively engaged with local organizations to empower youth and provide the necessary support for the advancement of STEM education in the region.”
“The future of science and innovation is in the hands of the youth of today, and hence it is crucial to foster this generation through awareness and educational programs. Through this program, we continue to promote STEM related studies to help build the workforce of tomorrow”.
Dr. Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, GPCA, commented on the importance of such initiatives in helping to sustain interest and enthusiasm around careers in the petrochemical industry. He said: “It is vital that we support students who express interest and show aptitude in the field of petrochemicals. The industry will play a significant role in the sustainable growth of the region’s economy for the foreseeable future. Through this program, GPCA will be actively engaged in supporting the social, economic and educational aspirations of the Arabian Gulf region at large.”