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October - December 2006

Energy & Industry Sector - Steering Committee Meeting

On Thursday 23 November 2006, at the Diplomatic Club, Doha, the Qatarization Steering Committee of the Energy & Industry Sector met under the direction of the Committee Chairman, Essa Rashed Al-Kaabi, of Qatar Petroleum. Members representing all major energy-related companies in Qatar, received presentations and discussed matters relating to the annual Qatarization review for the Sector.

The Committee also received a special presentation from Dr. Hassan Al-Fadala, Dean, College of Engineering at Qatar University who presented a simulating topic on "Qatar University College of Engineering relations with local industry" followed by a lively discussion with the Committee.

Preparations for the Sector to update the five-year plan and to extend it to 2011 were communicated and the Committee reviewed and discussed a new web-enabled application, soon to be launched. This is designed specifically to improve the existing Five Year Strategic Qatarization Plan data entry and to provide member companies with more autonomy to track of their own demand data. Other topics discussed included the industry-wide Qatarization website and 2007 plans for the Qatar Career Fair.

College Honors Sponsors of Academic Chairs

On 11 December, 2006 Qatar University (QU)’s College of Engineering honoured Qatar Petroleum (QP), Qatargas, and Qatar Electricity and Water Company (QEWC), who have contributed a sponsorship of academic chairs.

Speaking on the occasion, QU President Professor Sheikha Al-Misnad said the investments these companies have made in the college would be returned to them in the form of graduates.

College of Engineering Dean Dr. Hassan Al-Fadala also announced that RasGas would sponsor academic chairs shortly.

The academic chair sponsored by QP is in mechanical engineering and focuses on issues of corrosion. The Qatargas chair is in chemical engineering with a focus on the gas industry, including research and student training. The QEWC chair will focus on research programs and consultation in technical issues in addition to student training courses.

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