| Azaraimy HH |
TWO young Bruneians signed a scholarship agreement with Malaysia’s petroleum company, Petronas, in a ceremony yesterday at The Empire Hotel & Country Club.
The two scholars Dk Nur Farhanah bte Pg Hj Roslan and Nur Fatin ‘Izzati binti Hj Abdul Rahim are the second batch of local recipients of the Petronas Education Scholarship Programme and will join their seniors at Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) in Tronoh, Perak.
Nur Fatin will study Petroleum Engineering while Dk Nur Farhanah will pursue Petroleum Geoscience.
The signing was witnessed by Permanent Secretary (Upstream) at the Energy Department, Hjh Rosmawatty Haji Abdul Mumin, and was attended by Managing Director of Petroleum BRUNEI, Dato Paduka Awg Hj Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, Petronas officials and staff as well as the family members of the scholarship recipients.
Petronas Country Manager for PCBL, Ahmad Faisal Bakar, in his welcoming remark noted that UTP is a prestigious private university that offers a wide range of industry-relevant engineering and technology programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and is enhanced with a strong focus on research and development.
He said that the university conducts extensive research in collaboration with Petronas and other institutions and industries both locally and abroad, on enhanced oil recovery, carbon dioxide management, deepwater technology, nanotechnology, green technology and hybrid energy systems.
UTP provides a dynamic learning environment, in line with its mission to nurture creative, innovative and well-rounded graduates who will expand the frontiers of technology and education. Half of Malaysian staff in Brunei are UTP alumni that have graduated from a range of technical fields.
Ahmad Faisal said Petronas Carigali Brunei has been operating in Brunei’s deepwaters over 150km from the coastline for the last three years. During the period the pool of staff has grown from 27 in 2011 to 45 today. Of this number, 28 staff are Bruneian citizens.
This year, the Petronas Education Sponsorship Programme received an 80 per cent increase in applications from Bruneian students.
Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the ceremony just prior to its conclusion, four students made a presentation in which they shared their experiences while studying at UTP.