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Madinat Zayed and Ruwais Colleges Engineering students attend ADIPEC exhibition and conference

Two groups of female engineering students, one from Madinat Zayed and one from Ruwais colleges, visited the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) in Abu Dhabi, exposing them to the wider world of the oil and gas industries and their many supporting companies.

The trip took them beyond the classroom into the real world to learn by observing, interacting and experiencing the challenges that the technology imposes.  They saw the state-of-the-art progress that is being made and the application of their own studies, helping them find their own particular interests and their own place in the future of the country’s petroleum industries. They left the exhibition reluctantly but more determined and more sure footed and ambitious for their own studies.

“We realise the need for us in the UAE industrial sectors. We will contribute our share and take the UAE further in its industrial growth,” said one of the students.

Another student commented: “they gave us new ideas, new future plans and now we want to learn more.”

“In addition to the industrial scale processes the students observed, what also made them excited was to see so many women working in the oil and gas industries. Together with numerous companies active in these industries, our female students are now more confident and energetic to pursue their studies,” Dr Biglari, who accompanied the students, said.

ADIPEC 20Whilst walking around the huge exhibition, students were able to see how some of the machines worked, they tried their hand at developing their own virtual oil field and undertook a couple of scientific experiments.  They were able to find out more about the rapid development in the Western Region and to discuss with delegates some of the future plans for Al Gharbia.

“We enjoyed the experiments, the whole environment captured our interest and it was fun and learning all at the same time,” a student said.

“They returned to college with a new perspective on the working world they planned to enter and a new understanding of their place in that world,” Padmaja Vootla, Chemical Engineering faculty member, said.

“Our female engineering students benefit greatly from such technical conferences. However, what made this conference more interesting and engaging for them was a special event dedicated to UAE women in engineering, ‘Challenges and Opportunities’.  We were also very pleased with the mature way they interacted with different company representatives,” said Ghassan Frache, Chair of Engineering.


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