Hengyi scholarship to 17 UBD students

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

PETROCHEMICAL firm Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd yesterday awarded scholarship to 17 Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) students to study at China’s Zhejiang University.

The UBD students were the third batch to sign the joint Chemical and Process Engineering scholarship programme between the two institutions, according to Hengyi’s press statement.

The students will spend one and half year as part of their academic studies and industrial training at Zhejiang University.

The number of sponsorships awarded to UBD students has increased from 13 in 2014 (the year the sponsorship programme was first introduced) and 14 last year, according to the statement.

The sponsored UBD students will undertake work placement at a petrochemical plant in China where they will gain first-hand experience in a real live operational refinery environment, added the statement.

Permanent Secretary (Energy) at the Department of Energy and Industry, Prime Minister's Office, Dato Paduka Hj Jamain Hj Julaihi witnessed the signing of the sponsorship agreements between the UBD students and Hengyi’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Chen Lian Cai.

Delivering his speech yesterday, Chen said the signing ceremony marked another milestone for the firm to develop and cultivate the next generation of local workforce.

“Hengyi will continue to strive for excellence in the best interest of Brunei on top of the economic return of the project,” he said.

Speaking to The Brunei Times on the sidelines of the ceremony, Md Adib Idris, the first batch sponsored UBD student in 2014, who is currently undertaking internship programme at Hengyi Industries’ main office at the Empire Hotel & Country Club, said the engineering modules at Zhejiang University are fit to produce highly skilled local human resources that cater for the development of the oil and gas industry in the country.

Adib, a final-year Chemical and Process Engineering student, said Hengyi purchases and processes the crude oil into products such as diesel, paraxylene (to produce nylon), among others.

He advised the newly-sponsored students to have a constant communication with the locals in China to polish their Mandarin language and build networking whilst studying in China.

“Don’t be shy with the locals there. You might be offered to work at the petrochemical plant in China,” said the 23-year-old Bruneian.

Another final-year UBD student doing an internship at Hengyi Industries in Brunei, Nuraisyah ‘Amirah Hj Zinin, 22, said by working with Hengyi, she can make contribution of her engineering skills for the country’s economic development.

With this in mind, Nuraisyah believed that the increasing number of locals being sponsored by Hengyi will continue to support national strategies for local skills development.

The Brunei Times