Some 20 high profile employers took part in the event, including Masdar, Mubadala Development Company, as well as other UAE-based companies which focus on the renewable energy and sustainability sectors.
During the opening ceremony, H. E. Razan Al Mubarak, Assistant Secretary General of Abu Dhabi’s Environment Agency, highlighted the significance of the event: “The students of Masdar Institute have a unique opportunity to lead and inspire growth in sustainable technologies by driving innovation through research, and entrepreneurship. Both the public and private sectors in the UAE can work hand in hand to create a culture of research and development that is integral to the emerging knowledge based economy of the UAE.”
H. E. Razan Al Mubarak, added, “This career fair is an important opportunity not just for the students, but for employers looking for a viable workforce. With so many environmental issues taxing the world’s leaders, there are numerous opportunities in the workplace right now.”
Durung the opening ceremeony, Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President of Masdar Institute, described a great sense of accomplishment at holding the career fair. He said: “I have been involved with Masdar Institute for the past four years and today is a testament to the far sighted leadership of Abu Dhabi in its efforts to move not just towards a knowledge based economy, but one which is based specifically on technology.”
Dr. Moavenzadeh added, “The Institute prides itself on providing its students with unprecedented access to the best experts and companies in the world – Access is one of our unique value propositions. Over the past year, our students have been exposed to world leaders, energy experts, policy makers and world class academics. The Career Fair is merely an extension of an overall strategy that will ensure that our students graduate with a wide database of potential internships and jobs.”
The Director General of Abu Dhabi’s Chamber of Commerce & Industry, H. E. Mohamed Rashed Al Hameli, who also spoke at the opening ceremony, said: “Sustainability is one of the major goals that Abu Dhabi has targeted in its 2030 plan. The government is putting a high priority on providing higher education in this sector to its younger generation. This is important to Abu Dhabi’s future,” he explained, “and this career fair is important in bringing together students with businesses in the fields of energy and sustainability for their common advancement.”
The career fair was organized by the Student Affairs Office in conjunction with the Student Government Association; it was also supported by the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce.
Participants at the Fair included high profile employers, such as, Masdar, Mubadala Development Company, Abu Dhabi Ports Company, Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), Dolphin Energy, Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), Etihad Airways, Schlumberger, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), Boeing, EWS-WWF, ExxonMobil, General Electric, Global Foundries, iMCC Green, PRTM Consulting, Shell, Siemens, Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) and Toyota – Al Futtaim Motors, UAE Academy.