Geosciences, engineering students get Repsol scholarship
A TOTAL of 16 students from the geosciences and engineering disciplines were awarded scholarships by Repsol Oil & Gas Malaysia Limited to pursue their respective field of choice at local institutions of higher education in the country recently.
Under the Repsol Scholarship Programme, the recipients will be provided full coverage of course fees and living allowances in addition to internship opportunities with the company. Scholars will also be exposed to the mechanics of the oil and gas industry as well as Repsol’s values of integrity, responsibility, transparency, flexibility and innovation.
Speaking at the award presentation ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Repsol Malaysia Business Unit director Rob Mills said that: “This scholarship programme complements the government’s goal of encouraging students to pursue tertiary education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and help produce technically competent local graduates that fulfil the demands of industry, especially for the oil and gas sector.
The collaboration between industry and institution of higher education is essential in developing all-round graduates who will be ready to join the workforce.”
Repsol Oil & Gas Malaysia Limited has disbursed scholarships amounting to more than RM3 million since the inception of the scholarship award programme in 2008.
A total of 102 students pursuing Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) have benefited from the award.
One of the selected scholars this year, Kugen Balan said: “I feel privileged and touched to receive this scholarship. I’m grateful to Repsol for their support in my education and my colleagues’ educational pursuits.”
Cheng Jia Jin, whose son is a recipient, said he not only appreciates the financial assistance but also of Repsol’s goal to produce world-class local talents. “I am also relieved to know the future looks bright for my son once after he graduated from UM.”
Repsol is a global integrated oil and gas company headquartered in Madrid, Spain, and operates in more than 40 countries and across the entire oil and gas value chain.
The company has had a presence in Malaysia since 2011, supplying lubricants to a variety of local manufacturing industries.
(From left, seated) UM MSc Petroleum Geology Programme senior lecturer and coordinator Dr Meor Hakif Amir Hassan, UTM Faculty of Chemical & Energy Engineering, Petroleum Engineering head Dr Mohd Zaidi Jaafar, Rob Mills, USM School of Physics Geophysics Programme chairman Professor Dr Mohd Nawawi Mohd Nordin, and Repsol People & Organisation manager Mohd Dzulhaidi Masni.
Graduate reservoir engineer and former Repsol scholar Asha Kanamuthy sharing her experience and tips with the scholars.