Among 30 international students from 15 universities and business schools across the globe, Zeinab al Mamari and Reem Al Rasbi are the first Omani students to participate in Veolia’s international summer school program. This initiative comes under Veolia’s CSR strategy that aims to support knowledge transfer to the next generation of Omani’s while enhancing their abilities to tackle challenging scientific questions, use authentic research practices, and create solutions for the problems of tomorrow.
The two students from German University for Technology Oman (GUTech) and Caledonian college, traveled to Jouy Le Moutier, France along with students from the U.S, U.K, Ireland, China and other countries to attend Veolia Summer School the first week of July at the Veolia campus.
Now in its 5th year, the educational initiative focuses on increasing awareness among the youth on the importance of sustainable cities that includes water conservation and environmental protection. Through the program, Veolia aims to strengthen relationships with universities and business schools while introducing promising profiles of water and waste sector careers among young graduates.
Xavier Joseph, CEO, Gulf Countries, Veolia, commented, “The program aims to inspire and encourage Gulf Countries talents in recognition that a path to sustainable future for the world lies in the power of educated youth. Through this initiative we aim to develop the next generation of innovators dedicated to water and environment. As leaders of tomorrow, these students are empowered to encourage further exploration and development of knowledge, analytical thinking and skills as they solve global environmental and technological issues.”
Program seminars during the summer included presentations from international experts across Veolia’s businesses and research departments on methodologies to reduce water (technical and commercial) losses, leak detection techniques, waste management cycles and waste to energy process. The program included senior mentors from Veolia accompanying students to site visits, overseeing practical exercises and assisting the students in the completion of environmental case studies.
Zeinab al Mamari, from GU Tech Oman, commented, “Veolia’s summer school program has empowered us by providing us with the required knowledge, skills and tools to consider a career in environmental engineering. The course also provides us with a platform to interact with industry experts and exchange ideas while promoting self-awareness through exhibiting our abilities, skills and values.”
Reem Al Rasbi, a construction engineering student at Caledonian college, said, “This experience has enabled me to build a platform, giving me the practical knowledge and expertise required for a successful career in the construction engineering. Veolia has also played a vital role in enhancing our communications with industry experts and fellow engineers which has in turn also had a positive impact on my personal development.”
Veolia is a global leader in optimized resource management. It has been operating in the Middle East for 20 years and has approximately 4,000 of employees. The company provides tailored solutions to meet the needs of municipal and industrial customers in the three areas of water management, waste management and energy management.