Partnership Profile: Dow and GPCA Support STEM Students in the Middle East


Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris meets with some of the students involved in the Young Scientists Program.

Students from three countries in the Middle East have a special opportunity to explore STEM fields with the launch of the Young Scientists Program, a cooperative effort between Dow and the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA).

From educational institutions in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, the program’s talented students are participating in a range of activities, including a visit to Dow’s Jebel Ali Coatings Plant, an orientation program at Dow’s regional head office and attendance at the Annual GPCA Forum, the GPCA announced in November.

Dow Chairman and CEO Andrew Liveris highlighted the Young Scientists Program, and its attending inaugural class, during his remarks at the GPCA Meeting on Nov. 24 in Dubai, UAE, emphasizing that the region will benefit greatly by supporting its students.

“Through their work, through their aspiration to pursue careers in the sciences, they represent the future we all want to build for the region and for our industry,” Liveris pointed out. “They will help write the next chapter of advanced manufacturing in the Middle East – an exciting development for those who call this region home – and for businesses who do the same.”

In addition to enjoying many “hands-on” experiences with the downstream petrochemical industry, the students will also receive accreditation for their achievements. The program will offer students access to some of the biggest names in the petrochemical sector and provide them with opportunities to network with renowned experts from across the industry at the GPCA Forum, the industry’s flagship event in the Arabian Gulf region. 

“Dow is a firm believer in developing talent and investing in the next generation to help build a better future,” said Markus Wildi, Dow’s president for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. “This program endorses Dow’s firm belief that the health of our sector is firmly intertwined with the health of the communities where we operate and supports Dow’s STEM mission to help build the workforce of tomorrow by empowering and developing the youth of today.”