University students bag global award for petroleum engineering

Two Curtin Sarawak engineering students showing their innovative projects during the university’s Open Day. This is the third year running that the university’ has won a global award. — STEPHEN THEN / The Star

MIRI: Curtin University Sarawak adds another feather in its cap after its petroleum engineering students won the Gold Standard Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

This is the third year running that the university’s campus in Miri won such a global award.

Curtin Sarawak petroleum engineering senior lecturer Dr Mohd Ali Hamid said the department was among 39 chapters worldwide awarded the Gold Standard for excellence in industry engagement, operations and planning, community involvement, innovation and professionalism.

“This is a very significant award as it is given by the global SPE, which is the largest-single organisation of managers, engineers, scientists and researchers in the oil-and-gas industry worldwide,” he said.

The other SPE award winner from Malaysia was Universiti Teknologi Malaysia’s petroleum engineering student chapter.

Sarawak Safety and Land Transport Assistant Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin described the award as very important as it reflected the high quality of courses at Curtin Sarawak.

“That is why our graduates here are highly sought-after by local and foreign engineering firms,” he said.

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