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Students And Undergraduates Benefit From IPTC 2008

Last update: 16/12/2008
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The IPTC is the meeting point for highly experienced technocrats in the field of exploration and production in the oil and gas industry to share their achievements and experience with others in the business, says Host Committee Chairman, Azhar Noordin. Pic: Bernama
By Mohd Azhar Ibrahim

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The Education Days and the Education Week Programme held recently has helped school students and undergraduates to get to know better the oil and gas industry.

Both programmes were held in conjunction with the third edition of the International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) 2008 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from Dec 3-5.

Themed 'Meeting the Energy Needs of a Growing World Economy', the 3-day event saw some 160 technical presentations by industry experts from over 100 organisations from 35 countries, while about 88 companies were involved in the oil and gas exhibition.

Working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, 110 form four students and 44 teachers from 22 selected secondary schools - 18 in Peninsula and two each in Sabah and Sarawak - were invited to participate in the Education Days programme.

As for the Education Week programme, 100 of the best final-year undergraduates specialising in the field of geo-physical sciences, from 52 institutions of higher learning in 28 countries, were invited to participate.


Each school was allocated RM500 budget to prepare in advance a science project promoting the use of sustainable alternative energy resources as the means to stop climate change and protect the environment.

During the 3-day/2-night Education Days Programme, a panel of industry speakers gave the students an insight into the world of oil and gas industry.

Three specially chosen young professionals also shared their experience on the challenges that they have to face while working in the industry.

In addition to a guided tour of the IPTC Exhibition Area and Environment Pavilion, the students were also taken on a field trip to Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP).

The whole idea is that the exposure will fan the flame of interest and encourage these impressionable young minds to pursue a course in the related disciplines that would eventually lead them to a career in the oil and gas industry.


Each school was asked to choose one of four topics for their science project and required to submit a 600-word essay in English, on their chosen project before the conference.

During the conference they delivered an oral presentation, which was accompanied with an on-site display of a three dimensional model of their project.

"These youngsters were judged on their writing skill, presentation skill and creativity", said Zamri Abd. Ghapor, Co-Chairman of IPTC Education Days/Education Week Committee.


Tunku Kurshiah College's presentation titled 'Biomass: A Road Map Through Time' won them the RM3,000 first prize plus trophy. Their work was also judged the as the most original.

Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi (SBPI) Gombak, Selangor, received the RM2,500 second prize plus a trophy for their presentation titled 'My World My Future'.

For the presentation on the same title, Sekolah Menengah Sains Miri, Sarawak, walked away with the RM 2,000 third prize plus trophy, while the Malay College Kuala Kangsar's effort won them the Most Creative Project Award.


In response to the growing demand for qualified professionals in the fast expanding oil and gas industry, Education Week provided undergraduates an insight into the petroleum industry and providing them with the opportunity to interact with their peers from abroad; and industry leaders always on the lookout for the best talent from institutions across the region.

Organised into teams of ten, students were assigned a specific project to work on.

In doing so, they had to use their communication skill effectively in order to share ideas and brainstorm for solutions to address issues and problems relating to their project and subsequently deliver their presentation at the conference.

"Those who have been selected for the Education Week are the creme de la creme in their field of studies and we hope that the exposure they gained at the IPTC 2008 will entice them to join the industry when they graduate", Zamri said.

To help get a better picture of what it's like working in the oil and gas industry, three young professionals with about five years field experience, gave a talk on the joy and tribulation they had to face at the early stage of their career.

If the Education Days Programme serves to lure industrious secondary school students into taking up the geo-sciences, the Education Week serves to encourage steady influx of young and highly motivated talents into the oil and gas industry.