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Montan University

Montan University


OPEC bulletin 10/17

As part of the

OPEC Outreach Programme,

in support of youth in gen-

eral and future petroleum engineers in particular, OPEC visited the

Montan University (Montanuniversität) in Leoben, Austria, which is

considered one of the top-ranking mining and petroleum engineer-

ing universities in Europe. The university has around 3,700 students

and recently celebrated its 175



Representatives from OPEC’s Public Relations and Information

Department (PRID), as well as the Energy Studies Department (ESD),

were received by the university’s student chapter of the Society of

Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

OPEC’s aims and objectives

After a warm welcome and a general introduction by the organizers,

a comprehensive presentation on OPEC’s aims and objectives, his-

tory, structure and membership was conducted by PRID representa-

tive Ms Hind Zaher. This was followed by a detailed presentation of

the 2016 edition of OPEC’s flagship

WorldOil Outlook (WOO)

by Haris

Aliefendic, a Senior Research Analyst in ESD.

An interactive question-and-answer session followed, in

which students raised many interesting questions related to the

Organization’s role in stabilizing the international oil market, the

historic ‘Declaration of Cooperation’, the organizational structure of

OPEC and decision-making processes. Questions covered, among

other topics, the future of oil, as well as challenges facing the oil

industry in general and OPEC in particular.

More than 100 students attended the briefing, the majority of

whom are enrolled in the Petroleum Engineering Department. The

event took place at the new Petroleum Department Building.

OPEC’s flagship publications such as the


, the

Annual Statistical

Bulletin (ASB)

and the


were distributed to the students,

as well as some corporate gifts.

Society of Petroleum Engineers

The Leoben Chapter of the SPE, reiterated its thanks and apprecia-

tion for the support providedbyOPECto the university’s students, not

only by visiting them for a second time and conducting such a valu-

able briefing, but also for allowing the university to nominate three

students to attend the Sixth OPEC International Seminar, which was

held at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna in June 2015. This was

enabled through financial support provided by OPEC.

OPEC representatives concluded by thanking the organizers

for their warm welcome and extending a special invitation to the

University to visit the OPEC Secretariat in Vienna, which was grate-

fully accepted.

Outreach programme

OPEC visits petroleum engineers

at Montan University in Leoben

Ms Hind Zaher, PR Specialist, from OPEC’s Public Relations and Information

Department, gives a presentation on OPEC.

Haris Aliefendic, OPEC Senior Research Analyst, provides an overview on the

global oil market.