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)
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
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-
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.