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Omani scholars join bid to combat global challenges


The educational initiative focuses on increasing awareness among the youth regarding the importance of sustainable cities, including water conservation and environmental protection. Photo: Supplied

Muscat: Making their country proud, Zeinab Al Mamari and Reem Al Rasbi have become the first Omani students to participate in Veolia's International Summer School programme being attended by 30 international students from 15 universities and business schools across the globe.

This initiative comes under Veolia's CSR strategy that aims to support knowledge transfer to the next generation of Omanis 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, travelled to Jouy Le Moutier, France along with students from the USA, UK, Ireland, China and other countries to attend Veolia Summer School in the first week of July at the Veolia campus.

Now in its fifth year, the educational initiative focuses on increasing awareness among the youth regarding the importance of sustainable cities, including water conservation and environmental protection. Through the programme, Veolia aims to introduce promising profiles of water and waste sector careers to the young graduates.

Xavier Joseph, CEO, Gulf Countries, Veolia commented: "The programme aims to inspire and encourage talented students from Gulf countries in recognition that a path to sustainable future for the world lies in the power of educated youth."

Zeinab Al Mamari from GUTech Oman commented: "Veolia's summer school programme 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."

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