ABB invests in Saudi’s young engineers

2017-07-10 - ABB in Saudi Arabia has selected Hatem Alatawi, an electrical engineering graduate from the University of Idaho in Moscow, U.S.A., for this year’s master’s degree scholarship program for higher studies in electrical power engineering in Sweden.

The program gives the opportunity to selected Saudi students to pursue their higher studies in electrical power engineering in Swedish technical universities for two years. The scholarship program is organized in cooperation with the Swedish embassy in Saudi Arabia.

The program is fully funded and administered by ABB in Saudi Arabia for the two-year study period in Sweden including accommodation, transportation allowances, medical insurance, food allowance, books and round trip ticket.

His Excellency Jan Knutsson, the Swedish ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia attended the felicitation ceremony held at ABB head office on Wednesday to announce this year’s scholarship winner.

On behalf of the ABB management, Country HR Manager Zeid Al-Rumaihi expressed his appreciation to Ambassador Jan Knutsson and the Swedish government for their continued support in making the scholarship program a great success year after year.

"It is fundamental to our business strategy to provide better chances to Saudi engineering graduates to grow in their chosen fields," Zeid Al-Rumaihi stated. "Despite the challenging recent market situation we continued with our scholarship program with the aim to bring out more talented local engineers thereby enhancing the electrical knowledge in the country which is integral for the country to achieve the year 2030 vision laid out by the Saudi leadership," he further stated.

ABB in Saudi Arabia has integrated corporate social responsibility into our everyday business to contribute to sustainable economic development. We have been always focusing on investing in local talents as our CSR program to support them to be part of the country’s future development. Furthermore, we have been providing technical and corporative training to students from various technical universities in the kingdom to develop job skill alongside academic studies, said the country HR manager.

Educational opportunities are abundant in Sweden and the high standards in the educational field there have inspired us to choose the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm and Chalmers University in Gothenberg for sending our students for higher studies, Zeid Al-Rumaihi further stated.

This is the ninth successive year ABB has been sending Saudi engineering graduates on scholarship to pursue their master’s degree in engineering in Sweden, he added. KTH is the largest and the oldest technical university in Sweden, and Chalmers is one of the top universities in Europe.

“The scholarship program is a very competitive one. This will help bring Saudi perspective to Sweden and Swedish know-how to the kingdom. I am really honored to be part of this felicitation ceremony,” Ambassador Jan Knutsson said. He congratulated this year’s scholarship winner and hoped that more of such programs happen in the future and more Saudi students make use of this opportunity.

"We always focus on providing better opportunities to talented Saudi engineers to pursue their career. ABB in Saudi Arabia is determined to provide employment opportunities to talented Saudi youths," said Country Training & Recruitment Manager Awad Al-Enazy. Quality & Operational Excellence Manager Mohammad Al-Mutawa also wished good luck to the scholarship winner.

The scholarship students who are currently pursuing their higher studies in Sweden as well as the former scholarship winner who is at present employed in ABB after completing his studies shared their experiences, and this year’s scholarship winner thanked the ABB management for selecting him and providing a chance to pursue his master’s degree in Sweden. The meeting was also attended by Country HR Center Manager Ali Al-Koud, Senior HR Advisor/ Compensation & Benefits Manager Mohammed Abdulhaleem, Country Communications Manager Ali Keilani, Power Grids Business Partner Adel Al-Khudairy and the training department staff.

ABB is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 135,000 employees.

More than 5000 ABB engineers, service technicians and specialists serve customers in the Middle East, ensuring they have broad and easy access to ABB technology and best-in-class service levels. ABB in Saudi Arabia presence dates back to 1951 when the oil production was beginning to surge. Since then ABB has been very much involved in the buildup of Saudi Arabia’s infrastructure for power generation, transmission and distribution as well as water pumping schemes and industrial applications.

Being integrated in the local market makes it possible for ABB to provide the customers the right products and services that meet their needs and requirements. The industries ABB in Saudi Arabia serves with power and automation technologies include: Utilities, oil and gas, petrochemicals, cement, minerals and mining, chemical industries, commercial and industrial buildings, consumer industries, marine and turbocharging, metal and foundry, pharmaceutical, telecommunication and data communication.