EGA's 'Engineer the Future' programme for schools reaches 6,000 student

January 05, 2023 - 03:07 PM - 384 views

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) today announced the company's programmes to inspire young people's interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), reached more than 6,000 students in 2022.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics experts are essential for achieving the goals of the UAE's Operation 300bn industrial growth strategy and UAE Centennial 2071. EGA employs some 1,500 people in these fields, including more than 500 UAE nationals.

EGA's 'Engineer the Future' programme encourages school students' continuing studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by explaining their real-life applications in industry. The programme reached more than 5,000 students from grades 9 to 12 in 2022 at over 20 schools. The programme is delivered in partnership with Emirates Schools Establishment.

'Engineer the Future' also includes a practical competition, 'The EGA Aluminium Design and Innovation Challenge'. Some 86 student teams have already signed up to participate and complete a project using aluminium in sustainable mobility, architecture, product design or green solutions. BMW Group is a partner in the sustainability mobility part of the challenge.

EGA's Ambassador Programme, which supports university students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to consider careers in industry, reached almost 1,000 students in 2022 at educational institutions, including The American University of Sharjah, Emirates Aviation University, and Higher Colleges of Technology.

EGA's Ambassador Programme is led by young Emirati EGA engineers and professionals.

Abdulnasser bin Kalban, CEO of Emirates Global Aluminium, said, "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 youths in their studies and career aspirations through these programmes."

EGA also runs an annual industrial robotics competition that challenges students from UAE universities and higher education institutions to design and build industrial robots for use at EGA's aluminium smelters. A team from the College of Engineering at the United Arab Emirates University won the 2022 edition.


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