Gaining an edge in oil and gas


Prof Mushtak (second from left) and Mohammad Khalid (third from left) after signing the MoU. Looking on are (from left) Yew and Mohd Anas.

HERIOT-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) has inked a deal to help its students gain an edge in the oil and gas industry.

Through its three-year partnership with PetroEdge Pte Ltd and NrgEdge Pte Ltd, training and networking opportunities with industry players will be made available to HWUM students and lecturers.

HWUM chief executive officer and provost Prof Mushtak Al-Atabi said the partnership would result in industry-ready students upon graduation.

“The 21st century has brought unprecedented challenges and opportunities. For our students and academics to succeed and thrive professionally and personally, they will need to adopt a continuously learning and growing mindset.

“Making world-class courses available to our community electronically is a very important initiative that will go a long way in supporting the professional development of our people,” said Prof Mushtak.

He added that this would give students and lecturers a greater understanding of the oil and gas industry and encourage dialogue as NrgEdge provided a knowledge-sharing platform via online forums and discussions.

A memorandum of understanding was signed by key representatives at HWUM’s campus in Putrajaya.

NrgEdge chief technology officer Mohammad Khalid Ahmad said the company hoped to bridge the skills gap of students.

“It is our vision to help those in the energy, oil and gas industry excel at every point in their career by providing them with the tools to succeed, whether it be networking, or helping them learn new skills,” he said.

Also present at the ceremony were HWUM chief operating officer and registrar Janice Yew and NrgEdge Regional Strategic Partnerships manager Mohd Anas Asalem.

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