External Relations and Collaborations


External Relations and Collaboration (ERC) facilitates the establishment of collaborative agreements and strategic partnerships between PI and academic, business, and governmental entities. ERC also promotes a strong and vibrant network of Alumni by providing support and various activities to graduating students and alumni. Finally, ERC strives to enhance students’ academic and learning experiences through providing a range of student exchange programs.

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The External Relations & Collaboration Office advances the critical priorities of the Institute by creating valuable partnerships with leading organization in the oil, gas and energy worldwide. These partnerships shall be of mutual benefits to both parties and of interest to The Petroleum Institute (PI) and its major sponsor Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) through venue of education, research, alumni, outreach programs and exchange programs.


ERC was established in April 2012 to respond to the needs of growing interest in globalization and collaborative research programs. The ERC assist the PI with its wide and diverse collaboration activities with universities, companies, and government agencies. The primary responsibilities of the office include the following:

  • Formulation of collaboration agreements with leading organization in oil, gas and energy sector

  • Developing  and managing undergraduate student exchange programs

  • Maintain and improve the institutes’ and the alumni relations

  • Develop, highlight and manage the institutes outreach programs


In a world with full of challenges such as the one we live in, collaborations with national and international entities with similar sets of interest have become a necessity to overcome challenges and issues that higher education face worldwide. Where partners are free to exchange and share information and expertise to accomplish similar goals. ERCs’ collaboration programs have been designed to fulfill the following objective:

  • Strengthen the ties with local and international partners

  • Create a hub of knowledge inspired by sharing the know how between PI and the partners

  • Enhance the way we do business, which is educating engineers and scientists

  • Build research capacity and capabilities in areas of interest

  • Promote diversity of thoughts to reaching similar goals

Contact Us

External Relations & Collaborations Office

Email: erc@pi.ac.ae
Phone: +971 (0)2 60 75043
             +971 (0)2 60 75290