Engineering a Deep Pool of Kuwaiti Engineers
Across the world — from Europe to Asia and beyond — finding qualified engineers to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow is an ongoing challenge. It’s also an issue in this region, including Kuwait, which recognizes that having enough engineers to meet the needs of the market is crucial to sustained economic development.
That’s why Kuwait University, College of Engineering and Petroleum, just held its second Engineering Innovation Forum, whose goals to develop practical recommendations on how to stimulate and develop interest in engineering and science among young people in Kuwait. The forum was held under the patronage of the Minister of Education & Higher Education, Dr. Bader Al Essa.
As the Innovation Partner for the forum, GE provided experts and specialists who contributed to the discussions and also held an Engineering Innovation Competition for students. The goal from running the competition at the forum was to give students, from 4 different universities in Kuwait, the opportunity to show off their creativity and innovation in providing solutions that they feel are necessary to meet the growth demands of Kuwait.
Dr. Abdurrahman Khalidi, Engineering General Manager, GE Power & Water for Power Generation Services, Middle East and Africa, offered his insights on innovation, while panel discussions examined the current status of engineering innovation in Kuwait, as well as engineering challenges and opportunities in the country, and the role of innovation in benefiting the country’s growth.
Other topics included the importance of mobility in healthcare; the “dip and rise” in the oil and gas sector in Kuwait and the wider Gulf region, and GE’s Industrial Internet initiative, which represents the innovative integration of big data and analytics to achieve significant leaps in productivity and efficiency.
Promoting engineering and science among local youth is one important avenue that Kuwait is pursuing to further diversify its economy and create value-added jobs. GE’s participation in the forum is part of the company’s broader commitment to enhancing the competencies of Kuwaiti professionals through an ongoing commitment to specialized training and knowledge sharing programs. GE has other long-term partnership in Kuwait, including the world’s largest wastewater plant in Sulaibiya, as well as in healthcare, aviation, energy and oil & gas.