Cranfield University has again been chosen to design and deliver the Cranfield Aramco Energy & Power Future Leaders Summer Conference 2015. It is the second year that the University has been chosen to run the bespoke conference in partnership with one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies.

Aramco sponsors over 200 undergraduate students in the UK and, from that group, 32 high-performing students have been selected to attend the specialist five-week short course at Cranfield this week.

Professor Feargal Brennan, Director of Energy at Cranfield University, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Aramco again to deliver this conference. Last year’s event was a tremendous success and we look forward to welcoming delegates who have the potential to contribute significantly to the leadership of the international energy sector over the coming decades.”

Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Cranfield’s Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor, said: "The first Cranfield Aramco Energy & Power Future Leaders' Summer Programme in 2014 was an overwhelming success. It is very encouraging that Aramco has doubled the number of delegates this summer and we look forward to welcoming them to our University."

Christine Evans, UK/Europe Placement Advisor, Professional Development Department, Aramco, said: “Delegates attending the conference will gain excellent knowledge and experience working with first-class experts and academics in the oil/energy sector at Cranfield. Working in partnership, Aramco and Cranfield professionals have developed a unique and bespoke learning and development conference. Aramco is now moving into petrochemicals as well as oil and gas and is set to be the world’s largest integrated energy company. The conference will help to develop the young talent who will move into fast-track leadership roles within the company.”

The conference is developed in consultation with subject experts, providing a balance between understanding the business and commercial elements and the technical aspects relevant to working in the sector.

A key feature of the programme is a group project focusing on operations, research and implementation, with delegates given access to the industrial-scale research facilities at Cranfield and dedicated staff to assist them.

Cranfield University has trained students from Aramco for more than a decade. The majority of these have studied on the Energy  & Power PhD research programmes.

In addition to Aramco, Cranfield has alumni in a number of other organisations in Saudi Arabia including, the Royal Saudi Air Force, Civil Aviation Authority, Ministry of Defence, SABIC  and Saudi Arabian Airlines.

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About Aramco

Aramco is the state-owned oil company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, headquartered in Dhahran, and is a fully integrated, global petroleum and chemicals enterprise.
Over the past 80 years, it has become a world leader in hydrocarbons exploration, production, refining, distribution, shipping and marketing, and the world’s top exporter of crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs).

About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.

Energy and Power at Cranfield

Cranfield has been a leader in energy and power for 20 years. Our expertise includes low carbon energy supply, power generation, advanced fossil fuel technologies and transport systems. Our teaching and research covers offshore renewables, oil and gas engineering, the production and clean utilisation of fossil fuels, combustion and power generation through to bioenergy and the utilisation of wastes as fuel.

We have long-standing strategic partnerships with Alstom Power, BP, Centrica, Chevron, Doosan Babcock, Dong Energy, Petrofac, Rolls-Royce, Shell, Siemens and many others.

Our world-class facilities include the Structural Integrity Laboratory, which has a wide range of equipment to study the mechanical behaviour of components and material samples up to 250,000 tonnes and has machines unique to any university in Europe, and the Ocean Systems Test Laboratory, designed for model testing at the early stage of marine renewable projects.