SBE student Lei Gao wins SABIC Scholarship 2012-2013

From left to right: Boudewijn de Heer (SABIC), Lei Gao (student) and Jos Kievits (University of Maastricht). Photo: SABIC, PR062

On 12 November 2012 Lei Gao (22), an international student at The University of Maastricht, received the SABIC Scholarship for 2012-2013.

This prize, which is worth € 10.600, is awarded each year to a promising, internationally oriented student to support their personal and academic development.

Jos Kievits, Director of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL and Boudewijn de Heer, European Recruiting & Staffing Leader at SABIC, presented the scholarship to Ms Gao.

SABIC Scholarship

This scholarship is a collaboration between the University Fund Limburg (formerly known as SWOL) and SABIC, a leading manufacturer of petrochemicals.

It reflects the efforts of both organizations to help talented students in their career by making a financial contribution. Lei Gao, a student from China, received the scholarship for the academic year 2012-2013 owing to her strong passion for learning, analytical mind and creative thinking.

Talent development

Boudewijn de Heer, European Recruitment & Staffing Leader at SABIC: “Personal and professional development are key at SABIC. We are an international chemical company with ambitious growth targets. We are always looking out for new talent and we see this scholarship as a good way of engaging with promising internationally oriented students. We share knowledge with the University of Maastricht and enable students to participate in internship programs within our global organization. We wish Miss Gao success in her future development and we are happy to support her with the SABIC Scholarship.”

Jos Kievits, Director of the University Fund Limburg/SWOL: “Miss Gao is a good teamplayer and an independent worker at the same time. There is no doubt that, with her vast potential, coupled with passion in her field, strong work ethics, and the right attitude toward her studies, she will have a successful career.”

Mr Kievits adds: “This scholarship fits perfectly with our philosophy of talent development. It enables students to join our network. Our university positions itself in the center of society and we enjoy partnerships with companies to share knowledge.”

Lei Gao: “I feel honored to have been awarded the SABIC Scholarship. It enables me to build on my background in social sciences and business and to attain my goal of achieving a Master’s degree in Financial Economics/International Business at the University of Maastricht. I see this scholarship as a great opportunity to learn and develop myself in such an international and challenging academic environment.”


Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world’s top petrochemical companies. The company is among the world’s market leaders in the production of polyethylene, polypropylene and other advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol and fertilizers.

SABIC recorded a net profit of SR 29.24 billion (US$ 7.80 billion) in 2011. Sales revenues for 2011 totaled SR 189.90 billion (US$ 50.64 billion). Total assets stood at SR 332.78 billion (US$ 88.74 billion) at the end of 2011.

SABIC’s businesses are grouped into Chemicals, Polymers, Performance Chemicals, Fertilizers, Metals and Innovative Plastics. SABIC has significant research resources with 16 dedicated Technology & Innovation facilities in Saudi Arabia, the USA, the Netherlands, Spain, Japan, India and South Korea. The company operates in more than 40 countries across the world with around 40,000 employees worldwide.

SABIC manufactures on a global scale in Saudi Arabia, the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Headquartered in Riyadh, SABIC was founded in 1976 when the Saudi Arabian Government decided to use the hydrocarbon gases associated with its oil production as the principal feedstock for production of chemicals, polymers and fertilizers. The Saudi Arabian Government owns 70 percent of SABIC shares with the remaining 30 percent held by private investors in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Source: SABIC Press Release, 13 November 2012

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