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LSBU students head to the Gulf for international work placement opportunity

An international work placement in Bahrain with a leading petrochemical company has boosted the professional development of LSBU engineering students
01 October 2015

A select group of London South Bank University (LSBU) final-year students visited the offices of the Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC) in Bahrain, for an international work placement opportunity.  

Three students from LSBU’s School of Engineering travelled to the Gulf region to undertake a specially tailored work-based training programme, designed to boost the students’ skills and increase their professional competence.

GPIC enjoys an outstanding global reputation in the petrochemical sector as a provider of both quality petroleum engineering products and also of sophisticated industry training. The students received comprehensive guidance and professional advice in a range of areas spanning the company’s operations. They also learned about equipment maintenance and service procedures.

The placement is an annual opportunity for students, and forms part of a collaboration between LSBU and GPIC. The partnership was developed by Professor Rao Bhamidimarri, Vice President (Development) at LSBU and Dr. Abdulrahman Jawahery, GPIC President.

The placement was designed to provide students the opportunity to gain international experience as part of preparing for a career in an increasingly competitive global business environment. Student Andy Bray studied BEng (Hons) Petroleum Engineering at LSBU and graduated with a first this year. He attended the placement and comments: “GPIC has a great reputation in the petrochemical industry and I feel really privileged to have gone out to Bahrain to understand more about their business. The trip was well suited to both Chemical and Petroleum Engineers and allowed me to brush up on my knowledge and improve my transferable engineering skills. I’m very grateful to LSBU for arranging such a meaningful trip.”

The student work placement programme is fully funded by GPIC. Professor Bhamidimarri says, “Outstanding leadership and management at GPIC make this company one of best run companies in the world. Work experience for our students at GPIC provides not only professional development opportunities, but also helps develop global outlook.”

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