The establishment of the Chair was a result of the signing of an MOU between UTP and Shell in 2006.

The objective of the Chair is to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in reservoir characterization in the field of Petroleum Geoscience generally. The Chair also serves as a means of facilitating collaboration between UTP and high-level, internationally recognized researchers and academics of other universities and institutions.

UTP hoped other top-notch and leading industry players will support the university with the aim to steer UTP academic and R&D programmes towards international recognition.

Iain Lo, Shell Malaysia Chairman said: “We are pleased to be working with UTP and look forward to a productive working relationship, creating greater synergy between the two organisations especially in harnessing geosciences for the oil & gas industry.

The MoU is further testament of the commitment from Shell and UTP towards accelerating learning and harnessing the best talents in the industry. It is also in line with Shell’s vision to become the most competitive and innovative company in the world.”

Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim, UTP Vice Chancellor said: “The establishment of Professorial Chairs is becoming more and more important to the university to ensure that our long tradition of academic excellence is maintained and built upon. However, without the support from corporations like Shell, the establishments of such Chair positions will not have been possible. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that the industry shares the vision and aims of the university in order to nurture the next generation of leaders, enabling them to find answers to the challenges we face in the 21st century. ”

Apart from Shell Chair, three other chairs that UTP have are Schlumberger Chair in Petroleum Engineering, Mitsubishi Chair in Green Technology and Technip Chair in Deepwater and Subsea Technology.

Also in attendance were, among others, Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohd Noor, Secretary General of the Ministry of Higher Education; Dato’ Professor Dr Rujhan Mustafa, Director General, Ministry of Higher Education; Datin Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Higher Education; En. Johan Merican, Chief Executive Officer, TalentCorp, UTP Board Members and delegation from Shell.

About UniversitiTeknologi PETRONAS

UniversitiTeknologi PETRONAS (UTP), which was established in 1997, has grown to be one of the most prominent private universities in Malaysia. Offering a wide range of industry-relevant engineering and technology programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, UTP has produced more than 9500 graduates and currently has an enrolment of 5,700 undergraduates and 1,250 postgraduates from over 55 countries around the world. UTP complements its engineering and technology programmes with quality education in the areas of management and the humanities, with the aim of producing well-rounded graduates exhibiting excellent leadership qualities and communication abilities.

Rated as Tier 5 (Excellent) University for the year 2011 Rating System for the Malaysian Higher Education Institutions (SETARA ’11) and achieved the Tier 5 for D-SETARA in engineering, UTP continues to provide distinctive educational opportunities to its students.

UTP also places strong emphasis on Research and Development as it strives to achieve the status of an internationally renowned Research University.   The university conducts extensive research activities in collaboration with PETRONAS and other institutions and industries locally and abroad focusing on Enhanced Oil Recovery, Carbon Dioxide Management, Deepwater Technology, Nanotechnology, Green Technology, Biomedical Technology, Hybrid Energy Systems, Intelligent City and Sustainable Resources. This is evident when UTP was awarded a 5-star rating by Malaysian Research Assessment Instrument (MyRA) for its research, development and commercialisation efforts recently.

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