Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) said earlier this week that it has extended its partnership with Arabian Gulf University (AGU) to promote higher education.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the two parties continues a multi-year agreement aimed at developing EGA’s human talent via higher education, specially-tailored training programs, and research on business management.
Alba’s CEO Ali Al Baqali elaborated upon the newly-extended relationship in a press release.
“We are delighted to renew this MoU with one of the pioneering educational institutes in the Kingdom of Bahrain as we continue to develop Alba future leaders for the generation to come. Alba and AGU have a longstanding cooperation spanning more than 7 years as AGU has been our partner in developing our high potential employees via Alba-sponsored MBA programme.”
AGU’s President Dr. Al-Ohaly said that the program will have benefits that extend well beyond Alba.
“We highly value Alba’s confidence in the higher education programmes offered by AGU. This cooperation will provide the necessary expertise, competencies, and support for the young leaders in the Company, so Alba continues its leading position in the aluminium industry and enhance Bahrain’s competitiveness worldwide.”
Alba notes that it has sponsored employees to attain their MBAs at Arabian Gulf University in conjunction with French Arabian Business School (FABS) along with ESSEC Business School, France.
Alba is one of the largest industrial companies in the Middle East and is the world’s biggest aluminium smelter outside the People’s Republic of China. Originally incorporated in 1968, the company is based in Bahrain and 84% of its total workforce are Bahraini nationals. It began operations in 1971 with a 120,000 metric ton annual capacity. Modernization bumped the output up to 450,000 metric tons in 1992. In the spring of 2005, Alba opened Line 5, raising output by 860,000 metric tons per year. In 2019 Alba’s smelter produced 1,365,005 metric tons of primary aluminium.