Experts in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are necessary for the UAE’s Operation 300bn industrial growth strategy and UAE Centennial 2071 to be successful. In these areas, EGA employs approximately 1,500 people, including over 500 UAE citizens.
The EGA’s “Engineer the Future” program explains how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are used in real life in industry to encourage school students to continue their education. In 20 schools in 2022, the program reached over 5,000 students in grades 9-12. Together with Emirates Schools Establishment, the program is carried out.
The “EGA Aluminium Design and Innovation Challenge” is a practical competition included in “Engineer the Future.” Approximately 86 student teams have signed up to participate and finish a project involving sustainable mobility, architecture, product design, or green solutions that makes use of aluminum. The challenge’s sustainability mobility component has BMW Group as a partner.
In 2022, nearly 1,000 students from educational institutions like The American University of Sharjah, Emirates Aviation University, and Higher Colleges of Technology participated in EGA’s Ambassador Programme, which encourages university students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to consider careers in industry.
Young Emirati EGA professionals are in charge of EGA’s Ambassador Program.
“EGA is built on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and we have both an interest and a responsibility in increasing the number of young people studying and ultimately pursuing careers in these fields,” stated Abdulnasser bin Kalban, CEO of Emirates Global Aluminium. I’m glad that these programs helped so many young people in 2022 pursue their academic and professional goals.
In addition, EGA organizes an annual competition in industrial robotics in which participants must design and construct industrial robots for use at EGA’s aluminum smelters by students from UAE universities and higher education institutions. The 2022 edition was won by a United Arab Emirates University College of Engineering team.