RIYADH, May 04, 2011 — With thousands of students in its employ and under its sponsorship, Saudi Aramco was a logical contributor during the Second International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education (IECHE) at the Riyadh International Exhibition and Conference Center.
The international conference featured workshops and seminars, such as the one pictured above, on topics such as innovation, globalization, ethics and many more.
More than 1,000 exhibitors and conference-goers took part in the event April 19-22, under the theme “The Path to Excellence: “Nurturing Talent, Promoting Teamwork, and Leveraging Technology.”
There were 371 international universities represented, including 65 ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. Fifty-eight Saudi universities and colleges were also on hand, including 24 public and 28 private universities and colleges, and six other organizations serving higher education.
Students, parents, academics and diplomats made up the audiences as experts conducted workshops and seminars in such topics as innovation, globalization of higher education, the knowledge-based economy, sustainability and ethics, among many others.
Dr. Khalid Al-Angari, the Minister of Higher Education, opened the event, extending thanks to King Abdullah ibn Abdulaziz Al Saud for patronizing the event for the second time. Al-Angari noted that that kind of support reflects leaders’ eagerness to build and sustain education in the Kingdom, which is a prerequisite to the Kingdom’s own growth.
Dr. David J. Skorton, president of Cornell University in the United States, spoke on behalf of the participating universities, underscoring the Kingdom’s swift advances in education, exemplified by the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology.
Attending from Saudi Aramco were Raed Al-Rabeh, director of Professional Development; Fouzi A. Bubshait, director of Technical Support and Computer Training; Deya A. Elyas, director of Staffing Services; and Saleh M. Assabti, deputy manager of Saudi Aramco Affairs — Central Province.
All of the representatives attended the company’s exhibition booth and fielded questions about its focus on education, even on primary education as a foundation for the future. They also discussed Saudi Aramco scholarship programs that cover company employees and their dependants, as well as nonemployee programs that offer pathways to the highest educational levels.
SEOUL, Republic of Korea, May 04, 2011 — Meeting for the first time in the Republic of Korea, the Board of Directors of Saudi Aramco during their annual spring meetings April 27-29 approved without reservation the company 2012-2016 business plan.
Khalid A. Al-Falih
The board’s approval of the business plan included the full slate of capital projects proposed for the five-year period of the business plan. The board also approved without reservation the company audit conducted by an external accounting agency.
“Saudi Aramco was praised for its high ethical standards,” said Khalid A. Al-Falih, president and CEO, in reporting to company management about the board action. “The bedrock of any company is its values and ethics. I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting those standards.”
The meetings in Korea marked the 20th anniversary of the company’s first venture into Asia – its investment through an affiliate in the company now known as S-Oil Corp.
Along with the board meetings, the company also hosted gatherings of Korean business leaders to acknowledge the mutually beneficial relationship the company has had with Korea over the past 20 years.
The board also approved four executive management appointments.
ABU DHABI, April 27, 2011 — Khalid I. Abubshait, executive director of Saudi Aramco Affairs, was chosen Gulf Public Relations Man of the Year for 2011 at Second Conference of International Public Relations Association-Gulf Chapter (IPRA-GC), held here the April 13-14.
Khalid I. Abubshait, center, receives an award as Gulf Public Relations Man of the Year from Richard Linning, right, and Faisal Al-Zahrani.
In attendance at the dinner in Abubshait’s honor were IPRA global president Richard Linning and IPRA-GC president Faisal Al-Zahrani.
The recognition, bestowed by the IPRA-GC Board of Directors, came as an acknowledgement of Abubshait’s wide-ranging contributions to public relations in the Gulf and his hands-on approach to the development of the discipline and its human resources, in addition to his four decades of experience in Saudi Aramco Public Affairs and Government Affairs.
Abubshait later described his pleasure in winning the honor, especially since he was so eager to learn who would be selected among the many experienced PR delegates at the conference.
There was no way of knowing beforehand said Abubshait which made my feelings after winning indescribable and even more pleasurable. It is a great privilege being honored by such a respected association as IPRA.
DHAHRAN, April 27, 2011 — The EXPEC Advanced Research Center (EXPEC ARC) recently hosted a two-day trilateral workshop involving more than 50 scientists, professors and engineers from Stanford University, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) and Saudi Aramco.
Representatives from Stanford University, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and Saudi Aramco recently gathered for a two-day workshop focusing on collaboration in two strategic areas: unconventional gas and CO2 injection. The workshop follows in the footsteps of a recently signed memorandum of understanding signed by the three organizations.
The workshop was the first event to be held following the recently signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) among the three organizations.
EXPEC ARC proactively seeks to partner and collaborate to find high value technology solutions said EXPEC ARC manager Samer AlAshgar. Our newly established strategic partnership with KFUPM and Stanford University has achieved a strong start in addressing select, targeted challenges within our upstream operations.
The workshop aimed to extend collaboration in two strategic areas: unconventional gas and CO2 injection. The first day focused on challenges and opportunities related to unconventional gas, including tight gas, shale gas and technologies related to fracturing, productivity enhancements and reservoir characterization.
Topics of discussion during the second day included challenges in CO2 injection and sequestration, enhanced oil recovery, simulation of CO2 fluid-fluid and fluid-rock interactions, monitoring techniques and seismic applications.
“The workshop provided a lively forum for all members to meet and gain a full understanding of key reservoir engineering challenges at Saudi Aramco,” said Abdulaziz O. Al-Kaabi, chief technologist of the EXPEC ARC Reservoir Engineering Technology Team. “Several topics have been short-listed and are currently undergoing prioritization, following which specific projects will be outlined for collaborative research.”
The three parties entered into a trilateral collaboration agreement earlier this year to establish a strategic relationship in education and scientific research in geosciences and petroleum Engineering.
As such, the partnering organizations are working to establish sustainable strategic research and development programs in specific areas of the upstream oil and gas industry.
As they exit the ASC Auditorium after the forum presentations, participants provide their company information to Beatrice Garza with ASC Procurement and Logistics.
HOUSTON, April 27, 2011 — Aramco Services Co. (ASC) hosted an Oil and Gas Supplier Forum recently, providing an overview of Saudi Aramco and its critical material needs to an audience of suppliers and manufacturers from throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Coordinated by ASC’s Procurement and Logistics (P&L) Department, the event in March exceeded planned capacity with 104 participants representing 78 companies. Eighty-three took part in the on-site session, and 21 tuned in via videoconferencing.
Representatives from ASC provided an overview of Saudi Aramco’s business supply needs to support its current operations and expansion projects.
They also outlined quality requirements for manufacturing plants, new contracting procedures for 2011 and discussed the registration-and-approval process involved in becoming a qualified supplier.
ASC speakers were: P&L representatives Mohammed Al Belushi, manager; Dewayne Walker, event coordinator; Jacklyon Edwards; Rusty Wittmann and Karl Volkmann.
Tech Services representative Julio Valdespino of Quality Systems also was a presenter. The forum concluded with a networking luncheon.