The 21 scholarship recipients from Sarawak were amongst 50 deserving students from across the country whose education will be funded by the multinational oil company. They will join over 200 current Shell scholars currently pursuing their degrees in Malaysia and abroad. A total of 1,700 students country wide applied for the scholarship this year. Shell works with the Department of Education in the programme.

For over half a century, the company has invested close to RM140 million to help more than 2,000 young Malaysians realise their full academic potential.

The Sarawak edition of the Shell Academic Excellence Awards ceremony was held in Kuching and officiated by Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr Alfred Jabu anak Numpang, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister; Abdillah Adam, Director of Education and Darrel Lourdes, Shell Malaysia’s Director of Human Resource.

In his speech, Lourdes said that the awards are Shell’s way of recognising and rewarding outstanding local talent in communities where the company operates.  “We will continue to invest in this programme as it is one of a critical component in supporting the human capital development programme of the country and the industry.”

In fostering closer ties with scholarship recipients and the company, he disclosed that Shell would maintain contact with the scholars and the university over the course of their studies, adding, “scholars will also be given the opportunity to interact with our business leaders and to tap on expertise provided by the company’s recruitment professionals to map their career after graduation.”

Lourdes said that Shell would continue to offer scholarships for students with specials needs and urged disabled students to apply. “Four students were awarded under this category last year but no applications were received from Sarawak this year.”

At the presentation ceremony, Shell also awarded bursaries to 110 Sarawak students for the excellent achievements in the Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR).  They were among 270 secondary students nationwide who received the bursaries.

Shell has been operating in Sarawak in the upstream business since 1910 and has evolved with the country’s growth and needs.  Shell currently employs 6,400 employees in Malaysia and over 1,500 are based in the challenging upstream business in Sarawak.  Sarawakian talent is a key part of the company’s business, contributing to its growth and aspirations for over a century.

Shell has been involved in various capacity building programmes working alongside academia in the country, including the Campus Ambassador Programme where their senior managers work closely with the engineering and geoscience faculties of selected universities in the development of their curriculum.

Introduced in Malaysia in 2010, the Shell Eco-Marathon invites universities from throughout Asia to build the world’s most energy efficient vehicle, scheduled from July 3-7 in Sepang International Circuit.

Shell also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS recently to continue the sponsorship of Shell Chair in Petroleum Geoscience to enable an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in reservoir characterisation in the discipline.

In Sarawak, Shell continued to nurture the young ones through safety education and environmental awareness via various programmes such as Nature Education Camps, focusing on environmental awareness through experiential learning.

A key capacity building initiative is Project LINK – a welding programme that the company run with two technical schools in Miri and Bintulu to address a national shortfall in specialised welders for oil and gas. This programme has successfully produced more than 800 qualified welders, now working in the industry.

This year, the Shell Traffic Games celebrates its 50th anniversary of partnership in delivering road safety education to 3,000 students in Sarawak.


Corporate Affairs, Shell Malaysia Exploration & Production

Zulkifli Baba Noor,, +6019 3255222


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Malaysia is one of Shell’s heartlands. The history of Royal Dutch Shell in Malaysia started more than 120 years in Miri, Sarawak. Shell currently has a strong market presence in the upstream and downstream sector in Malaysia. 

Being at the forefront of energy and fuel efficiency, Shell advocates for the use of energy more efficiently as the simplest and most cost-effective way to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change through driver education, fuel efficient driving behaviour, and smarter mobility collaboration and strategic partnerships to fuel the country’s progress. 

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Operating as production sharing contractors to Petronas, Shell Malaysia’s exploration and production companies  are  engaged  in the exploration for and efficient development and extraction of crude oil and natural gas from offshore Sarawak and Sabah, with onshore operations and offices in Miri, Kota Kinabalu, Labuan, Bintulu and Kuala Lumpur. Shell also builds and operates the infrastructure needed to deliver hydrocarbons to market.

The pioneer of Malaysia's exploration and production sector, Shell drilled Malaysia’s first commercial oil well in Miri, Sarawak in 1910. The company’s upstream base is still located in Miri after a century of operations.


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