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Doha, 30 April 2009 - Members of the Energy and Industry Sector Qatarization Steering Committee convened on Thursday 30 April, 2009 at the Diplomatic Club to discuss and share topics of relevance to the strategic direction of the Sector companies Qatarization Plans.

The meeting was called by the Chairman of the Qatarization Steering Committee, Mr. Essa R. Al-Kaabi and was attended by senior representatives of all participating companies in the Sector's Qatarization Plan. Mr. Al-Kaabi welcomed all present including the special guests and presenters Dr. Mark Weichold, Dean and CEO at Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ); Dr. Adil Yousef, Research Office, Qatar University, his team and presenter Dr. Nancy Allan; Dr. Mazen Hasna, Dean of the College of Engineering, Qatar University; and Mr. Mohd Bahlool, Manager, Qatar Independent Technical School.

Dr. Mark Weichold, Dean and CEO, TAMUQ provided statistics on the university's admissions and an interesting insight into the views of students at TAMUQ through a short video. Classes, he noted, started in September 2003 in Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical and Petroleum Engineering. The Spring 2009 degree-seeking enrolment is 339 of which 104 students are registered for Petroleum Engineering. In May 2009, TAMUQ will graduate its 100th student. Dr. Weichold was pleased to state that by far the largest enrolment is Qataris who make up fifty percent of the student body.

In the survey brief, Dr. Nancy Allan, Research Office, Qatar University shared highlights of the survey conducted during 2008 including motivators and detractors. The survey was commissioned by the E&I Sector through the shared support and funding of Qatar Petroleum, RasGas and Dolphin Energy to survey Qatari youth and identify their perceptions and expectations of the E&I Sector, factors that relate to career choice, and to recommend an appropriate strategy. Three Qatari populations were targeted – high school students, university students and recent graduates and almost 2,000 surveys and interviews were conducted. Findings showed that the general perception and attitude towards the Energy and Industry Sector was very positive in each targeted population. Key recommendations were made which initiated discussion with committee members.

The Dean of the College of Engineering (CoE), Qatar University, Dr. Mazen Hasna, briefed the committee on the latest information coming from the CoE and shared the close relationship that exists between the College and the Energy and Industry Sector. He stated that the College has 923 active students, the majority of which are female students, and expects to graduate 130 this year. He noted the CoE has introduced the Gas Processing Centre, the Qatar University Wireless Information Centre, and a masters program in computing - the first of its kind in Qatar. He also informed of a new chair from Qatalum in addition to the current chairs offered by Qatar Petroleum, RasGas, Qatargas and QEWC. The College is also cooperating on a project with Q-Chem to design personal protective equipment, the results of which will be announced shortly.

Since 2007, Qatar Petroleum has successfully run the Qatar Independent Technical School. The manager of the school, Mr. Mohd Bahlool, shared details of the school, its programs and its plans for the future. The school, which accommodates more than 500 students, conducts classes to meet the vocational education needs for different industrial sectors including the Energy & Industry Sector.

Mr. Ragnar Falck from Qatar Petroleum's strategic manpower group shared findings from analysis conducted on data received for 2008 attrition of Qataris in the Sector.

The Annual Qatarization Review Meeting chaired by His Excellency, Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy and Industry, will convene on Sunday 17 May 2009. Members of the Steering Committee received a brief on the program for the day-long meeting which includes an overview of Qatarization in the Sector, several high level presentations and, new for 2009, two tailored workshops designed to improve the management of human resources and performance. Steering Committee Chairman, Essa Al-Kaabi encouraged companies in the Sector to take full advantage of the workshops.

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