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Dow Corning Introduces Internship Program for Students in Middle East

Dow Corning, one of the world’s largest silicon-based materials developer and manufacturer, presented today its internship program and the selected candidate, Mr. Ali Abdulla Isa, as the first student from the Middle East to participate in such a program.

This initiative was developed in partnership with the University of Bahrain and is part of Dow Corning’s commitment to strengthen local capacity in the region and create a pool of talent who will lead the sustainable growth of the local industry.

“As part of our commitment to sustainable innovation and the communities where we operate, Dow Corning invests in youth, education and science. We look forward to raising awareness about the benefits of silicones and nurturing talent from the region for the region with the help of this program. This will also empower the region’s young generation to meet the business needs of the future”, indicated Mr. Jean-Paul Mollie, President Middle East, South Asia and Africa, Dow Corning Corp.

The internship program will be carried out during the summer of 2010 for a period of 8 weeks and the candidate will be provided with the opportunity to work in the Dow Corning Middle East office based in Bahrain as well as one of its European development laboratories. Mr. Isa’s assignment will focus on a specific topic of relevance to the silicon business; more specifically the role of silicone ingredients in improving the performance of a personal care product.

“I am honored to have been selected for this program and look forward to working with a multinational corporation such as Dow Corning as well as gaining experience in this field which will contribute to the development of our industries”, said Mr. Ali Abdulla Isa, the selected chemistry student.

Over twenty applications were submitted and reviewed by a panel committee represented by Dow Corning and the University of Bahrain representatives. Shortlisted candidates were interviewed and selected on the basis of their academic performance, creativity and ability to adapt to a multi-cultural environment.

“We are very pleased to be part of this initiative and strongly encourage such engagement by the private sector as it provides an enriching learning experience for our students and supports graduates to have the necessary skills to meet the needs of the market and secure employment”, indicated Dr Ali Mansour Al-Shebab, Vice President for Planning and Community Service, from the University of Bahrain.

Mr. Alan Collins, Regional Business Development Manager, Middle East added: “We greatly value our collaboration with the University of Bahrain and look forward to expanding our initiatives in the region with partners with whom we share common interests and values”.

Dow Corning recently established its Middle East headquarters and commercial entity in Manama, Bahrain. The company’s Bahrain operations will help Dow Corning provide the region’s vibrant construction, textiles, petrochemical and oil and gas industries with silicon-based materials and solutions



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