Young ADIPEC, the annual youth outreach initiative by the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), has continued its successful work to promote the energy sector as a source of fulfilling careers for young Emiratis, hosting around 400 students from 17 schools for the 2017 edition.
Held under the patronage of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, Young ADIPEC is aimed at educating high school students between the ages of 14 and 17 about the wealth and diversity of career opportunities in the energy sector, encouraging them to pursue studies in the fields of science and engineering, and spreading awareness about these specialties.
In his opening address to the Young ADIPEC Forum, His Excellency emphasised that the programme had been designed in partnership with faculty and staff at Khalifa University of Science and Technology and of the Petroleum Institute, to help young Emiratis realise their potential.
“The young people who are participating in this ADIPEC Youth Forum represent the potential future leaders of the oil and gas industry, the wise people who will provide the leadership of that sector in the future,” His Excellency said.
“Future leaders attending this year’s conference are joining a select group of more than 1,500 students from across the UAE who have attended the previous conferences. Like them, you will gain a new understanding of the opportunities for satisfying and rewarding employment in the vibrant and challenging oil and gas industry.”
Launched as part of the 2013 edition of ADIPEC, one of the world’s most influential oil and gas gatherings, the Young ADIPEC programme has consistently expanded. Now organised in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK), activities for 2017 included an Experiential and Edutainment zone as part of the ADIPEC Exhibition, where a series of hands-on activities introduced participants to engineering and science related tasks in a fun and engaging way.
Young ADIPEC also organised field trips with major companies in the oil and gas sector, run during the lead-up to ADIPEC itself, while the programme concluded with the Young ADIPEC Forum, a series of TED-style talks designed to engage and inspire young people to pursue energy-related careers.
Speaking to students at the Young ADIPEC Forum, H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan noted the importance of the transition towards renewable energy. However, he emphasised that oil and gas would continue to provide employment in the UAE for many years to come, and that talented graduates in science, technology and engineering would find many opportunities in life.
“Those are the people who will conduct an orderly and responsible reshaping of the oil fields and the petroleum industry,” His Excellency said. “Those are the people who will devise new and better ways to use sustainable sources of energy. Those are the people who will find better ways to produce clean water and control flooding and construct cities and build colonies in space.“That is why your education will shape our future. We know that we need intelligent, creative, and hard-working young technicians, engineers, scientists and mathematicians. We need qualified people just like you, and right now, and for the foreseeable future, the United Arab Emirates needs you in the oil and gas industry.
His Excellency’s address was followed by motivational and inspirational talks from leaders in education and business.
The Forum also included the first ever gathering by the Young ADIPEC Alumni programme, with several of the original participants from 2013 returning to discuss their path since taking part in Young ADIPEC, and how that involvement led to their current university studies in geoscience and engineering subjects.
As a special guest, former NASA astronaut, Colonel Alfred M. Worden, USAF-Ret., who was a command module pilot on the Apollo 15 mission, shared his experience of how science and technology careers can literally reach for the moon.
Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, hosted by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and organised by the Global Energy division of dmg events, ADIPEC is one of the world’s leading oil and gas events, and the largest in Africa and the Middle East.