| Danial Norjidi |
HENGYI Industries Sdn Bhd will be awarding scholarships to 14 more local students next month to set them on their way towards pursuing a degree in chemical engineering at Zhejiang University in China, according to P C Huang, the Project Chief Executive Officer for Hengyi Industries.
Huang confirmed that Hengyi Industries will be holding an agreement signing ceremony for them sometime in February.
Last year, 13 students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) were selected for a Joint Chemical Engineering Scholarship Programme by UBD and Zhejiang University, fully funded by Hengyi Industries.
According to him, the students have completed their first year studies and their results are quite good. They will now have to undergo an industry exercise programme, which will require them to work in a petrochemical plant for six months in China, he added.
Touching on the benefits of having such a programme, Huang said it is a win-win strategy.
“We train the locals and eventually we can expect a contribution from them,” he said, adding that the reason why Hengyi Industries has decided to sponsor another 14 students for the programme was to support the company’s long-term commitment to local education in the Sultanate.
“I believe that educating local talents will not only benefit them but us as well,” he added.
Touching on the selection process, Huang said all students will have to go through a stringent screening process, where they are judged not only on their academic performance but also on their personality.
“The students are interviewed by our human resources personnel who work closely with a UBD professor,” he said, adding that even after the students are sent to China, the company keeps track of their performance there.
Touching on the first batch of Bruneian scholars who were selected for the programme, Huang said, “Out of the first 13 scholars we sent to China, the first batch numbered only three people.
“Zhejiang University was not able to provide a class for only three students and so they had to wait six months to join the second batch.
“Those three students got to work as interns with the company, and we were very impressed by them.
“After their six-month internship, they had to deliver presentations to senior management on what they had learnt about the company, and their suggestions.
“Overall, we were quite impressed. They learnt a lot.”