GE strengthens student outreach with specialized workshops in Middle East universities

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1. Focus on strengthening skills of students and knowledge transfer
2. Highlights GE’s commitment to engage local talent through training and career placements

General Electric Company (GE), a diversified global infrastructure, finance and media company, has unveiled a series of educational workshops for university students in the Middle East region. The workshops are focused on strengthening the skills of students, sharing GE’s extensive knowledge base with them, and engaging the local student community for potential careers within the company.

Through these partnerships with leading universities in the region, GE is further highlighting its commitment to empower the local population. GE has organised specialized workshops at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon; American University of Sharjah in the UAE and the University of Bahrain.

The topics covered at the workshops are varied and include operational aspects of GE as well as self-development programmes for the students including resume writing, interview skills and job search.

Nabil Habayeb, GE’s President and CEO for the Middle East and Africa region, said: “Youth comprises the most significant demography of the region, according to recent regional governmental estimates, with 200 million youngsters below the age of 25 years in the Middle East alone. Training and nurturing them for promising careers that match their skills is an imperative, and GE is taking  a leadership role in driving this forward.”

He added: “Through specialised workshops, we are not only transferring our knowledge base to students but also enhancing their confidence and preparing them for careers  ahead . GE is regarded as an Employer of Choice, and the student outreach is an integral part of GE’s commitment to the region. Through these university partnerships we are underscoring the emphasis on training and knowledge sharing in addition to potential hiring.”

GE’s workshops with various universities in the Middle East region are led by experienced  GE   executives from the different businesses of the company as well as GE’s Human Resources experts.

Further strengthening its outreach to the student community, GE was an active participant at Careers UAE  in Dubai,  Najah career fair in Abu Dhabi , as well as the career fair held at the American University of Cairo, Egypt.

GE also offers leadership programs such a Financial Management Program, Operational Management Leadership Program, Corporate Audit Staff, Commercial Leadership Program, Field Engineering Program and Experienced Commercial Leadership Program. Majority of the candidates were hired from the American University of Beirut, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, American University of Cairo, American University of Sharjah, American University of Cairo, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Bahrain.

About GE:
GE (NYSE:GE) is a diversified global infrastructure, finance and media company that is built to meet essential world needs. From energy, water, transportation and health to access to money and information, GE serves customers in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. GE is Imagination at Work. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.ge.com.

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