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Developing The Petroleum Institute In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: A Case Study Of Cooperation Between Industry In The Middle East And A United States University

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2003 Annual Conference

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Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

Start Date

June 22, 2003

End Date

June 25, 2003

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

International Collaborative Efforts in Engineering Education

Page Count

10

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8.408.1 - 8.408.10

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https://peer.asee.org/12635

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Tim Mizen

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Robert Baldwin

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Ronald Miller

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Session 2660

Developing the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: A Case Study of Cooperation Between Industry in the Middle East and a United States University

Robert M. Baldwin, Ronald L. Miller and Nigel T. Middleton Colorado School of Mines

John O. Golden and Tim Mizen The Petroleum Institute

Summary

At the request of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the Colorado School of Mines has been retained to provide academic leadership required to design, start up, and operate the Petroleum Institute (PI), a world-class educational institution dedicated to educating engineers for the oil and gas industry. The PI will offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in five engineering programs related to ADNOC operations. A Foundation Program is also offered to help students make the transition from their high school preparation to the entry requirements for the baccalaureate curricula, especially in the area of English proficiency.

The Petroleum Institute is a unique enterprise that represents a collaboration between academia in the United States and the private sector in the Middle East. The academic programs at the Petroleum Institute involve intensive interaction with industry and four industrial partners (BP- Amoco, JODCO, Shell, and TotalFinalElf) who have teamed with ADNOC to provide advice to and support for the PI. In this presentation, we will discuss the process by which the PI was developed and the progress made to date in developing curricular programs and activities associated with imbedding outcomes assessment into the PI institutional culture. We will also discuss challenges associated with cultural differences and differences in learning style, and how these challenges are being addressed in the academic program at the PI.

Introduction

The Colorado School of Mines has entered into a long-term contract to provide assistance and academic leadership to the Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi. The PI is a new private educational enterprise located in the United Arab Emirates and is funded by a consortium of oil companies including the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Shell, TotalFinaElf, JODCO, and BP- Amoco. The curriculum of the PI is sharply focused on the petroleum and energy industries, and includes the following undergraduate degree programs:

• chemical engineering • mechanical engineering • petroleum engineering • petroleum geosciences engineering • electrical engineering (power; instrumentation and controls) Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Mizen, T., & Baldwin, R., & Miller, R. (2003, June), Developing The Petroleum Institute In Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: A Case Study Of Cooperation Between Industry In The Middle East And A United States University Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. https://peer.asee.org/12635

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