JOHOR BARU: Universiti Tekno-logi Malaysia (UTM) is aiming for the stars by moving on to oil and gas research.
Vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Wahid Omar said the university was entering the second phase of a global plan to become renowned in the engineering and technology sector.
He said cooperation with ProEight Sdn Bhd and Jurutera Perunding Wahba Sdn Bhd through an MoU would help the national oil and gas sector grow.
“The focus will not just be on academic programmes, research and human capital.
“We want to realise the country’s aspirations in the sector,” Prof Wahid said after the MoU signing ceremony at the UTM Skudai campus yesterday.
He said both companies were experienced in the oil and gas field and well-placed to assist UTM achieve its aim.
“Over the years, UTM has had more than 1,200 industry linkages and these have benefited our students, including creating jobs for them,” he said.
ProEight managing director Azhar Zainal Abidin said the MoU would prevent talents from being lured by foreign companies.
“This will certainly prevent a brain-drain situation,” he added.
Jurutera Perunding Wahba executive chairman Datuk Seri Wahab Suhaili, who is also a UTM alumni, said his company had 25 years experience in the sector in Sarawak.
“The oil and gas sector in Malaysia is growing and this MoU will certainly help,” he added.
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