Geo­sciences, en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents get Rep­sol schol­ar­ship

New Straits Times - - Higher Ed -

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.

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