In a bid to promote direct industry-academia discussion, the Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation (MPRC) set up a University Pavilion at the recent Malaysian Oil and Gas Services Exhibition and Conference (MOGSEC 2014). MPRC is an agency formed under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) and reporting to the Prime Minister’s Department.

MPRC executive director Dr Ir Shahreen Madros (second right) briefing MOGSEC Taskforce chairman Sofiyan Yahya (right) about the University Pavilion as they went on a walkabout after the opening by Petronas executive director Dato' Mohamad Idris Bin Mansor (on Shahreen's right). Looking on at far left is MOGSC president Ramlan Malek.

MPRC executive director Dr Ir Shahreen Madros (second right) briefing MOGSEC Taskforce chairman Sofiyan Yahya (right) about the University Pavilion as they went on a walkabout after the opening by Petronas executive director Dato’ Mohamad Idris Bin Mansor (on Shahreen’s right). Looking on at far left is MOGSC president Ramlan Malek.

The successful initiative saw the participation of six local universities, where they demonstrated their research and development (R&D) abilities, as well as showcasing the relevant courses offered by the universities respectively.

A steady flow of visitors throughout the three-day event proved to be a hit – oil and gas executives thronged its exhibits to learn more about the beneficial offerings from the current academic sector. Also present to support this inaugural pavilion were representatives from Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad and Malaysia Technology Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (MTDC).

Photo 5MPRC President and CEO Datuk Shahrol Halmi said the University Pavilion was the result of close cooperation and support of the tertiary institutions, namely Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).

“This has been a real opportunity for students to engage directly with industry players while for the companies, it’s an opportunity to see up close the various R&D programmes and discuss with academic leaders,” says Shahrol.

“This is one way which MPRC can promote industry-university collaboration with the aim of providing a steady flow of quality human capital to support the industry as well as R&D cooperation.”

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