Oman Trading International awards international scholarships for 5 students

Muscat, July 20th 2014 – Oman Trading International (OTI), the energy and petrochemicals trading arm for Oman Oil Company (OOC) and its group of companies, and Takatuf Oman (TO), the human capital solutions provider for Oman Oil Company (OOC) and its group of companies, have signed today an International Scholarship Agreement in which OTI will support The Takatuf Scholars Programme (TSP) by funding five scholarships for qualified Omani students from selected schools in the Sultanate. All five international scholars excelled in all aspects of the TSP during the 2013-2014 session.

The agreement was signed by Mr. Talal Hamid Al Awfi, CEO of OTI, and Mr. Khalid Al Jashmi, CEO of TO at TO’s headquarters in Muscat.

The OTI International Scholarship Programme will provide students with full scholarships for two years of boarding school overseas, and four years at university up to the undergraduate degree level. Additionally, the five OTI international scholars would be provided with the opportunity to enrol in summer internships or work experiences with OTI or other Omani entities. Eventually, they will have the opportunity to build their careers with any organization upon successful completion of their studies and the international programme.

“OTI is an international energy trading company within a unique industry that operates in a very dynamic international market in which human capital is considered the core driving force.  We learned that developing individuals at early stages can have enormous advantages as it provides them with the right skill-sets and tools to integrate into an ever more competitive and dynamic workforce”, said Talal Hamid Al Awfi, CEO of OTI   “Therefore, as a company we are committed to creating opportunities for young Omanis to develop their personality, skills, education and career through our growing corporate social responsibility program. We believe Takatuf, through its TSP, is providing a structured and engaging approach to developing future Omani leaders and we are thrilled to be part of this ambitious programme,” he added.

The CEO of Takatuf Oman, Khalid Al Jashmi, commented:  “We centred the Takatuf Scholars Program around four key concepts: encouraging Scholars to embrace the challenges of this century; mentoring them on how to apply what they learn in order to make an impact for a better future; coaching them to build personal and professional networks at home and abroad; and after their scholarship experience, helping to sustain the Program so that we link today’s learning to tomorrow’s success. We expect OTI Scholars to become role models who will inspire their peers to reach new heights not only of academic excellence, but also of practical distinction.”