Nurturing pool of engineering talents


  • Education
  • Sunday, 21 Jul 2019

(Third and fourth left) Prof Mushtak and Lai shake hands after signing the MoU while (from left) IEM vice president Prof Dr Jeffrey Chiang Choong Luin, Yew, (from second right) Heriot-Watt University principal and vice-chancellor Prof Dr Richard Williams and Mohd Khir look on.

HERIOT-Watt University Malaysia has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM).

This paves the way for strategic collaboration between the two parties. The MoU signalled the beginning of a five-year partnership which, among others, is aimed at offering opportunities for students and staff members of the university to gain invaluable industry insights and expertise from prominent engineering professionals in the country.

This is in line with its endeavours to nurture a competent pool of engineering talents who are able to meet the demands of the fourth industrial revolution and beyond.

IEM president David Lai Kong Phooi and honorary secretary Mohd Khir Muhammad and

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia provost and chief executive officer Prof Mushtak Al-Atabi and registrar and chief operating officer Janice Yew signed the MoU.

According to the MoU, IEM agrees to assist in recommending experts to deliver lectures, courses or seminars to Heriot-Watt University Malaysia’s students and lecturers as well as allocate 30% of the total membership fees collected from Heriot-Watt University Malaysia for the Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Student Section and other activities for the benefit of the society.

It will also provide “Jurutera”, its monthly magazine, to the Student Section to enable them to receive updates on IEM courses and new technologies in engineering.

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, on the other hand, will provide a venue for activities by their Student Section or IEM members, assist in the recruitment of its engineering students and engineer staff members to IEM, and allocate a slot for IEM to meet and speak to its graduating students on route to obtaining their IEM membership.

Other areas of cooperation include joint research and consultancy activities in various academic and professional fields, joint organisation of related events and exchange of academic materials and other information.

Prof Mushtak expressed his appreciation for the partnership, affirming his confidence that both parties and the industry as a whole will benefit from this endeavour.

“At Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, we are committed to working closely with the relevant professional bodies and industry players to ensure that we produce graduates who are ready to create a more enabling future for all,” he added.

According to Lai, as at June 1, the institution has over 37,000 graduate and student members out of a total of 50,470 members.

“IEM continues to empower young engineers to take the lead and prepare them to take on future leadership roles.

“With the signing of MoUs with institutions of higher learning, IEM hopes to provide opportunities for students and lecturers to join IEM so as to harness their abilities to face challenges in their future career,” he said.

During the event, Lai also gave a talk to the university’s foundation students on a career in engineering. This was followed by a short Q&A session.

“I have full confidence that the engineering students, lecturers and young engineers of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia will strive hard, not only to achieve their individual goals but also to make the world a better place,” he added.

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