(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The Peninsula
Over 100 teachers and students representing independent and international schools in Doha were present at the recent launch of Qatar University (QU) Gas Processing Center's (GPC) seventh Gasna competition for schools.
'Gasna aims to increase students' awareness on the importance of the oil and gas industry in the country's development and growth, and to engage them to further advance it. This year, the initiative is sponsored by Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO), Qatargas and ExxonMobil.
Present at the event were QU College of Engineering (CENG) Dean Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa, QAFCO Chair in Chemical Process Engineering Prof Muftah El-Naas, CENG Department of Mechanical Engineering Head Prof Majeda Khraisheh, ExxonMobil Qatar Senior Environmental Researcher Nayla Al-Naema, and QAPCO Head of Career Development Faraj Atiq Al Hamad, as well as QU faculty and students.
The Gasna K-12 award includes four categories -- First Category (KG Grade 4), Second Category (Grade 5 and 6), Third Category (Grade 7-9), and Fourth Category (Grade 10-12). Each participating school must submit a project for each category. Submission could be a performance, a poster, an essay, or a research project.
Commenting on the event, Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa said:
'CENG is committed to cement its relations with industry to help promote engineering programs. Gasna is one of the initiatives that achieve this objective. At CENG, we are looking forward towards more collaboration with industry, and this motivates us to double the efforts and run all activities that target spreading STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects among students.
Prof Abdelmagid Hammuda said: 'Gasna competition is a national initiative that aims at raising students' awareness on Qatar's national resources and energy sector. The competition meets the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030, and provides participants with the opportunity to discover all aspects of oil and gas projects and plants in Qatar.
QAPCO Managing Director and CEO Dr Mohammed Yousef Al Mulla said: 'It is a tremendous privilege to sponsor this event and QAPCO is proud to be associated with the Gas Processing Center and Qatar University. The goal of this competition is to promote information and technology related to Qatar's gas processing industrial base. Nayla Al Naema said: 'Qatar University has excelled in finding creative ways of getting school-age children excited about math and science. ExxonMobil Qatar is proud to have found an ideal partner in the university, as we work to provide the energy that drives human potential and ultimately fuels progress.