The Petrochemical Engineering Department organized an orientation day for freshmen on Tuesday, 1 October 2019, in the presence of some experts of the petrochemicals industry. This was held in order to acquaint freshmen with the department’s study programme as well as the job opportunity could be provided for them in the future. The day began with the word of Prof. Mohamed Naiem, the Vice Dean of Education and Student Affairs where he highlighted the difference between petrochemical and petroleum engineers and how the faculty of Engineering at Pharos University is distinguished by awarding degrees in petrochemical and polymer engineering. This was followed by a short documentary showing Eng. Tarek El Molla, the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources spoke about the statements of the President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi on the strategic role of the petrochemicals industry and how it becomes a major concern for the Egyptian state. He also mentioned that the Egyptian government gave a seal of approval to establishing new petrochemical projects, in addition to expanding old ones. The video also included a report of the new gas and oil discoveries in Egypt. While showing this video, it was stressed that the Petrochemical Engineering Department had a vision that is corresponding to the vision of the Egyptian State with regard to the petrochemical industry.
Then, Dr. Hossam Hemida, an expert at the Egyptian Petrochemicals Holding Company (ECHEM), gave a lecture entitled “Petrochemical Industry between Present and Future” where he spoke about the development of petrochemicals industry and the available job opportunities in the Egyptian labour market, especially that the demand for petrochemical engineers in new projects is more than any other specializations. The floor was then given to Eng. Karim Ezzat, the Head of the Petrochemical Engineering Division at the Engineers’ Syndicate in Alexandria who spoke about the role of the syndicate in supporting graduates and providing them with services, especially concerning qualifying them for the labour market. Eng. Karim Ezzat also stressed upon the fact that the petrochemical engineering students at Pharos University are provided with a golden opportunity since they are educated by experts of the industry, in addition to faculty members. The students, in company with a number of teaching assistants, were escorted at the end of the day in a tour around the workshops and labs of the campus.