Learn why this global energy company is investing in graduate education.
Saudi Aramco is diversifying its business portfolio. This process has increased the need for a wide range of professionals dedicated to transforming the national oil company into the worldâ€™s leading integrated energy and chemicals company.
Education figures prominently into the business transformation. The staff at Aramcoâ€™s Houston office is a team of more than a dozen counselors dedicated to supporting Company-sponsored students in more than 150 colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada.
The number of graduate students sponsored by Aramco has doubled in the past two years. There are approximately 1,300 sponsored students in the United States and 300 students are graduate students. â€œWe are very selective about where we place our graduate students based on the curriculum and our long-term business outlook,â€ notes Henryk Marcinkiewicz, Supervisor for Academic Programs in Aramcoâ€™s Houston office.
Aramco has been a member of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) since 2013 and values the resources, best practices and data available on graduate education. Because Aramco is a global company and the worldâ€™s leading energy provider, insights gained from the CGS perspective of global engagement and collaboration are particularly valuable.
Some may think of Aramco graduate students as focused solely on technical fields or petroleum engineering; that is not the case. Besides the critical STEM subjects, interdisciplinary programs also teach students new approaches to tackle todayâ€™s energy challenges. In addition to trends in interdisciplinary education, the Company monitors current discussions concerning the nature of the masterâ€™s degree, managing the duration of doctoral studies, and graduate enrollment trends using information provided by CGS.
Aramco finds value in keeping up with academia and graduate school trends in both discipline-specific advancements and also in the â€œartâ€ of how people meet a challenge. â€œCGS lets us look at the latest interdisciplinary research trends as we calibrate our company programs to provide the best talent to feed innovation,â€ said Marcinkiewicz.