Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. (Alba) and compatriot higher education institution Bahrain Polytechnic signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week to enhance their existing agreement regarding partnership on academic and training programs for Bahrainis of mutual benefit.
Alba said the two organizations would cooperate on an engineering curriculum that would emphasize training relevant to Alba’s workforce. Additionally, the parties will continue working together on research and knowledge exchange in the areas of Environment, Social and Governance (ESG).
In a press release, Alba’s CEO Ali Al Baqali said that the move is sure to pay dividends for all involved.
“Our investment in education is the passport to the future as our Tomorrow belong to those who prepare for it Today. There is no greater investment other than educating our human capital as this will give us the best return we aim for — becoming the number one aluminium supplier for the generations to come. We look forward to working closely with Bahrain Polytechnic to furthering the caliber of our high-potential national employees, who in turn will lead Alba’s future growth and contribute to the economic prosperity of the Kingdom of Bahrain.”
Bahrain Polytechnic’s CEO, Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin, noted that the agreement laid the groundwork for further beneficial collaboration between the two institutions.
“We are very pleased to sign this MoU with Alba – one of the leading Aluminium producers in the world. This agreement paves the way for further collaboration, especially in the areas of scientific research, training, and academic programmes.”
“Such partnerships with national companies will help advance our efforts to invest in human capital through training and developing the national workforce,” he continued. “This will in turn realise the objectives of Bahrain Polytechnic’s Strategic Plan 2020-2024, which is in line with Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030.”
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 2020 Alba’s smelter produced 1,548,500 metric tons of primary aluminium.