Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, hosted an interactive lecture session with Wim Thomas, Shell’s Chief Energy Advisor on Tuesday.
The session was particularly pertinent to the students of HBKU’s Executive Master in Energy and Resources as it focused on Shell’s Global Energy Scenarios. The scenarios analysed the developing trends in economy, politics and energy over the next half a century.
They also looked at the impact of both the boom in the world’s population as well as the increase of people living above the poverty line, and considered how these dynamics affect global energy demand.
Professor Antoine Hyafil, Academic Coordinator for HBKU’s Energy and Resources program, commented: “The world’s welfare depends upon how technology and management will lead to an efficient usage of natural resources, without damaging our environment. The scenarios highlighted during the lecture session helped identify the paths that are open and measure the consequences of the decisions to be taken.”
Commenting on the importance of the lecture, Maha Al Mannai, University Collaboration Manager at the Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre (QSRTC), said, “Qatar Shell’s wider outreach and university collaboration programme provide unique opportunities in which Shell experts can share their expertise and knowledge with students in Qatar in order to support the fostering of a knowledge-based society as outlined in the Qatar National Vision 2030.”
HBKU’s Executive Master’s in Energy and Resources is a 16-month interdisciplinary program, which provides an innovative educational approach to the field of Energy and Natural Resources through integrating the disciplines of geopolitics, public policy, technology, finance, management and strategy. The program is developed in partnership with Georgetown University, HEC Paris, and Texas A&M University.
Muneera Al-Qahtani, a student of HBKU’s Executive Master in Energy and Resources, said: “This event showed us how oil and gas companies view scenarios that we study in the classroom, and how they are actually implemented in real life. It also gave us the opportunity to think and figure out where we see ourselves working after graduating from the Executive Master in Energy and Resources, in a way that we can add value and help solve our company’s and our community’s challenges.”
The event is another example of the dynamic and engaging intellectual opportunities HBKU presents to its students, both inside and outside the classroom, in collaboration with the corporate world.
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