Oryx GTL to Host 6th Student Awards for the Advancement of Post Graduate Education
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Oryx GTL to Host 6th Student Awards for the Advancement of Post Graduate Education

Oryx GTL To Host 6th Student Awards for The Advancement of Post Graduate Education on April 30th in Doha, Qatar

Image Attribute: On January 31, 2019, ORYX GTL kicked off the sixth year of its student awards campaign for the advancement of postgraduate education in Qatar with a seminar held at Texas A&M University at Qatar. / Source: Gulf Times

Image Attribute: On January 31, 2019, ORYX GTL kicked off the sixth year of its student awards campaign for the advancement of postgraduate education in Qatar with a seminar held at Texas A&M University at Qatar. / Source: Gulf Times

April 14th, 2019 (Doha): Oryx GTL will host its sixth annual ceremony on April 30th at Hamad bin Khalifa University in Doha to honor the winners of the 2019 Student Awards for the Advancement of Post Graduate Education in Qatar. The Awards acknowledge two Masters and two Ph.D. students and highlight the importance of building a larger and stronger post-graduate community of energy specialists in Qatar.

The winners go on to become ambassadors for postgraduate education and participate in a program of seminars throughout the academic year at universities in Qatar, also organized by ORYX GTL. The Student Seminars are aimed at enhancing dialogue between students, academic institutions and industry to help better define what programs and subsequent career opportunities are most beneficial for post-graduate students in Qatar and beyond.  

“Education is the first and most vital step in creating a knowledge-based economy and we are proud to celebrate the significant talent in our community of Masters and Ph.D. students with these Awards,” said Mohamed Al Enazi, Chief Administration Officer, ORYX GTL. “We and others need to contribute to higher education in Qatar to support the training of future researchers and scientists and to initiate projects in areas of strong relevance to Qatar's economy and prosperity.”

In a survey with energy stakeholders conducted as part of the Qatar Student Awards initiative, 57% were of the opinion that more exposure to industry through vehicles like internships, career fairs, and vocational training would enable academia to bridge the skills gap in the sector. Meanwhile, 14% said that better alignment of academic syllabi directly with the industry’s needs would ensure that skills were more relevant and 29% felt that having academics with prior industry experience would help in this endeavour.  

The Call for Nominations was opened in November 2018 and thereafter submitted to a distinguished Selection Committee which includes representatives from Texas A&M University at Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and Qatar University, in addition to the Qatar National Research Fund and Oryx GTL. The criteria are set to attract high-quality candidates and include a requirement for the student to demonstrate how their research supports Qatar’s national goal towards becoming a knowledge economy and center for R&D.  

Qatar hosts more tier-one US universities than any other country in the MENA region. It has also invested heavily in developing its R&D capabilities by adding advanced study programs to local universities, as well as opening the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) and the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS). The non-profit organization Qatar Foundation launched its first Ph.D. program in Energy Sciences in 2013 with HBKU.

Selection Committee Members of The 6th ORYX GTL Student Awards in 2018:

  • Mohamed Al Enazi, Chief Administration Officer, ORYX GTL
  • Dr. Marwan K. Khraisheh, Ph.D. Senior Research Director, Office of the President, Hamad bin Khalifa University
  • Dr. Ayman Bassil, Manager of Research Training and Outreach, Qatar National Research Fund
  • Dr. Mohammed H. Alsafran, Ph.D., Director of Central Laboratories Unit (CLU), Office of Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies, Qatar University
  • Dr. César O. Malavé, Dean & COO, Texas A&M University at Qatar