· INFINITI selects the 10 finalists that will compete in the Middle East Final of the INFINITI Engineering Academy for the opportunity to win a one-year placement with INFINITI and Renault Sport Formula One™ Team
· The initiative reinforces INFINITI’s commitment to promoting automotive engineering careers across the globe and in the region
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 14 November – As part of INFINITI’s global search for the brightest engineering talent in the world, the brand announced today the names of the 10 finalists from the Middle East that will compete for their chance to win a place in its unique careers competition - the INFINITI Engineering Academy.
The finalists will compete in a two-day final event in Abu Dhabi on 21st and 22nd of November, for the possibility to win a unique one-year placement working in automotive and motorsport engineering with both INFINITI and Renault Sport Formula One™ Team.
Selected from hundreds of applications through a rigorous process, the 10 finalists were chosen based on their engineering knowledge, their passion towards the automotive and motorsport industries and their soft skills through a series of tests and interviews.
Aaliya Khan, Fahim Choudhary, Hiba Najini, Loay El-Mohtar, Mohamad El Khalayli, Mohammed Fazil, Mohammed Mostafa, and Saleh Atatreh made the cut from the UAE, whereas Hamad Alzayani has been chosen to represent Bahrain, and Omar Baras made the team from Saudi Arabia.
These young brilliant engineering students will be put to the test in front of a rigorous judging panel formed by INFINITI and Renault Sport Formula One Team senior engineers, a professor from Harvard University and a Human Resources representative from the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. They will have to complete a series of individual and group challenges that will test not only their engineering knowledge but also their personality, their strategic thinking, their communication skills and their ability to work both individually and as a team, as well as their capacity to make decisions under pressure.
“At INFINITI, we identify young talent early and encourage them to apply for automotive engineering – an upcoming, specialized field in academia across the region. The INFINITI Engineering Academy is now in its fifth consecutive year, and we are delighted to see this program growing every year. In fact, in 2018 we’ve received a record number of applications in our region – more than double than last year, so the caliber of the finalists is really high and competition fiercer than ever.” said Markus Leithe, Managing Director, INFINITI Middle East.
“We congratulate the 10 finalists who have made it through to the next round, where the challenging tasks now begin. We’re incredibly pleased to see successful participants from the Middle East go on to learn about the industry from our experts based in the UK and in Europe. We hope to see the automotive engineering field flourish in the region, and INFINITI will continue to support university students looking to enter the automotive industry,” he added.
The two-day final will kick off at the Mussafah INFINITI dealership in Abu Dhabi, where the finalists will be judged on their ability to complete a series of technical challenges designed by INFINITI, Renault Sport Formula One Team and Harvard University. At the end of the day, the 10 finalists will be whittled down to the three best candidates, who will then compete on the second day of that final held in the paddock at the Yas Marina circuit, ahead of the Formula 1 2018 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The winner will be given the opportunity to move to the UK to work six months in motorsport at the Renault Sport Formula One™ Team Technical Centre (Enstone) and six-months in automotive at the INFINITI Technical Center Europe (Cranfield). A once in a lifetime opportunity complete with travel, accommodation, access to an INFINITI company car, a salary and the possibility to work alongside world-leading engineers in the automotive and motorsport industries.
For more information on the INFINITI Engineering Academy, please visit academy.infiniti.com.