Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC (EGA) said this week that its program to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in local children reached over 6,000 students last year.
The firm said its outreach program is part of the UAE’s Operation 300bn and UAE Centennial 2071, both of which are aimed at increasing the future domestic pool of engineers from which EGA and other industrial countries will draw.
As part of its efforts at promoting STEM education, EGA’s Engineer the Future program reached over 5,000 high school students and included a competition called “The EGA Aluminium Design and Innovation Challenge.” The competition involves 86 teams of students competing to complete a project using aluminium in sustainable mobility, architecture, product design, or green solutions. Joining in promotion of the competition is BMW Group.
Additionally, EGA’s Ambassador Programme involved about 1,000 college students in STEM majors, promoting to them the idea of pursuing a career in industry. Among the campuses on which that program is active are The American University of Sharjah, Emirates Aviation University, and Higher Colleges of Technology.
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Global Aluminium, said in a press release that the program is key to developing future engineers from among Emirati students.
“EGA is built on science, technology, engineering and mathematics and we have both an interest and a responsibility in more young people studying and ultimately pursuing careers in these fields. I am glad that in 2022 we were able to inspire so many youth in their studies and career aspirations through these programmes.”
Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Emirates Global Aluminium is an aluminium conglomerate created by the merger between Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) and Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) in 2013. EGA had an estimated enterprise value of US$15 billion at the time the merger took place. The firm is owned equally by Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi and Investment Corporation of Dubai. Emirates Global Aluminium holds interests in bauxite/alumina and primary aluminium smelting.