Emirates Global Aluminium began its 21st year of sponsoring UAE students in its Summer Training Program aimed at fostering interest in the domestic industrial economy.
EGA enrolled 40 new high school and university students into the program, which is meant to offer scholars in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields their first experience in the UAE.
Abdulnasser Bin Kalban, Chief Executive Officer of EGA, said in a press release that the program is extremely important to his firm.
“Achievement of the UAE’s industrial growth strategy, Operation 300bn, requires more young people to choose careers in STEM fields. Our Summer Training Programme is a great opportunity for young UAE Nationals to get their first experience in an industrial company. I look forward to welcoming this year’s cohort to EGA, and to seeing many of them later choosing careers in UAE industry.”
EGA has sponsored over 500 students since 2001, with 80 graduates of the program currently employed with the company. Over 5,000 students have graduated from UAE’s training programs over its 20-year history, retaining many of those graduates for long careers.
The firm also runs many programs for youth that is geared toward fostering interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, like “Engineer the Future,” EGA’s Ambassador Programme, and the Al Robot competition for university engineering students. Such programs reached over 6,000 students in 2022 alone.
Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Emirates Global Aluminium is an aluminium conglomerate created by the merger between Dubai Aluminium (DUBAL) and Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) in 2013. EGA had an estimated enterprise value of US$15 billion at the time the merger took place. The firm is owned equally by Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi and Investment Corporation of Dubai. Emirates Global Aluminium holds interests in bauxite/alumina and primary aluminium smelting.