Under the theme of “Sustainability for Energy, Environment, and Climate Change”, the program was divided into three parts under an integrated framework. Project A, “Innovative Solution”, was designed to empower undergraduate students in the Asia-Pacific region to develop projects that are conducive to innovation and sustainability for energy, environment and ecology issues. Project B, “Techno Quests”, which was led by our Beijing Research Center (BRC), engaged postgraduate students in China to initiate research studies to apply new technologies and solutions in three of BRC's main areas of research — reservoir engineering, geophysics and geology. Project C, the “Aramco Asia Energy Cup Asia-Pacific Competition”, brought the winning teams of the five participating countries in Project A to Beijing for the final round.
After one-year intense competition, winners from regional qualifiers gathered in Beijing in November 2017 for the final round, which attracted more than 150 graduate students, academic advisors and industry experts.