- The Order of Engineers and Architects in Lebanon honoured students from the Petroleum Engineering Program from the Faculty of Engineering at Beirut Arab University who won first place at Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference ADIPEC 2017. The students were: - Hussein Shwaykani - Mohammad Khoder - Mohammad Maanna - Slyman Al Abdalla The event was patronised by Minister of Education Marwan Hamedeh and attended by Director General of the Ministry of the Displaced Ahmad Hammoud, Director General of Higher Education Ahmad Jammal, Head of Beirut Order of Engineers and Architects Jad Tabet, BAU President Professor Amr Galal El-Adawi, Dean of Faculty of Architecture - Design and Built Environment Professor Ibtihal EL-Bastawisi, Dean of Faculty of Engineering Professor Adel Al Kurdi, General Secretary of the Order of Engineers and Architects in Beirut Dr. Jamal Haidar, Head of the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department Dr. Rami Harkous and the members of the Order of Engineers and Architects Basem Ouwaini, Ali Hinnawi, Haidar Al Akras, Jahida Itani as well as a crowd of interested students and academic staff. Mr. Oweini started the event saying, “The Order of Engineers and Architects has a scientific and professional mission which aims to improve the profession and its scientific level in order to play a constructive role in the fields of development and reconstruction. The Order also encourages Scientific Researches, honours the distinguished and draws moral attention to the holders of scientific innovations in the field of engineering particularly.” Professor Al Kurdi considered Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference ADIPEC 2017 “one of the world's three largest Oil and Gas Industry Exhibitions and the largest in the Middle East and North Africa.” Prof, El Kurdi continued, “This exhibition is a global platform for exchanging experiences and best practices that enable experts and specialists in the global oil sector to exchange information and ideas that contribute to shaping the future of the sector as it hosts more than 2,000 exhibitors and attracts more than 85,000 visitors, about 7,000 visiting delegates and a large number of attendees from the region and around the world, setting a new record and surpassing all achievements since its inception.” Captain Tabet believed that engineering is a challenging profession, and said addressing the students, “You have accepted the first challenge, and achieved a great success that should never stop. Progress in engineering leads to creativity and innovation, but its path is fraught with difficulties, obstacles and complexities especially in a country like Lebanon dominated by political and other interests.” The patron of the ceremony, Minister Hamedeh, said: "The darker the situation in the country and the region becomes, and the more confusion and chaos will prevail. Our youth emerge from the darkness to earn first places abroad. Our youth know the right direction which they take armed with adequate skills and preparations to achieve the victory of education on ignorance, attain success and overcome stagnation, recession and wasting resources and opportunities.” Hamedeh added, “I wanted to assure the attendees and the absentees to keep pace with our successes and the source of our pride that our bet on quality education, our pursuit of quality and our rush to participate in competitions and scientific, cultural, sports and research events is the most important national issue. This is where the real wealth lies. Challenges are overcome by the youth only who chart the path of the future and register their names where Lebanon deserves to be.”