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CBE Students Win Awards at the 4th Kuwait Oil and Gas Summit

The 4th Kuwait Oil and Gas Summit took place on April 11 - 12, 2016 at the Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel and Spa. The Summit was organized by the CWC Group Limited of London and was hosted by Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), and supported by KPC subsidiaries.

The Summit was held at the backdrop of a dramatic fall in oil prices; and since this was one of the most important global macroeconomic developments of the past 20 months, the CBE Department of Management at AUK seized the opportunity to engage the students in the competition organized by the CWC Group.

Leading universities in Kuwait were invited to participate and share their opinions with the government and the stakeholders in the oil sector. As it is incumbent on Kuwait to invest in the next generation of oil workers, one of the aims of the CWC Group was to identify students' ideas on how to align academic effort with industry requirements in order to develop a world-class workforce for the future within the topic: "How can Kuwait adapt to the reality of low oil prices?"

External reviewers evaluated a host of submissions of essays and the top essays came from AUK. The overall winner was AUK's Yousef Al Majadi who received a commemorative plaque; and the two runners up were Menino Xavier Noronha and Vincent Puyat, also from AUK, who received the finalists' certificate. These students had the opportunity to attend the conference; learn further about the industry; network with senior oil executives and join the platform provided for forward-thinking interactive debates. The awards were handed over by Mr. Nizar Al Adsani, Deputy Chairman and CEO of KPC. The participants were guided and directed by AUK Professors Mohsen Bagnied; Ali Aljamal; Ralph Palliam and Aly Mansour who also attended sessions of the conference.

A group photo of the finalists

The winning AUK Student, Yousef Al Majadi with his mom

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 12th May 2016

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