UTB launches first student charter

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ENGINEERING students at Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) are looking to collaborate with other petroleum engineering societies in the sultanate to gain more technical knowledge and industry exposure.

Nur Amirah Hamizah Roslan, president of the Society Petroleum Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Brunei Student Chapter (SPE-UTB SC), said this at the university’s launch of their first student chapter, a committee for their petroleum engineering students to connect with industry professionals and have free access to journals.

She said SPE-UTB SC plans to work with SPE-Politeknik Brunei (SPE-PB) and other engineering bodies in the future to engage in community services and explore engineering opportunities.

“We would like to have collaborating functions with all members of SPEs in Brunei and we would like to attempt to join more international events or even conduct a big event such as the oil and gas festival,” said the aspiring petroleum engineer.

The SPE-UTB SC president added that the society was formed last year in March but was only officially launched yesterday.

According to Nur Amirah, the committee will allow engineering students to learn about upstream oil and gas, while also enabling students to have hands on experience in the industry.

“Students mostly learn theories... and know little about what goes on in the industry, so SPE-UTB SC will be able to expose the students more with hands-on experiences,” said Amirah.

Currently there are other petroleum engineering bodies including SPE-Brunei, SPE-Young Professionals, SPE-UTB SC and SPE-PB which are all under SPE-International.

“The idea is to link all members of sectors in the oil and gas industry around the world,” she said, adding that SPE-UTB SC currently has 52 members registered under them.

Principal Lecturer of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering at UTB Dr Nurul Hasan told _The Brunei Times _yesterday that the establishment of SPE-UTB SC is a huge achievement for UTB and its students because it opens a number of new professional and academic opportunities.

“Students get to know their mentors, who can provide academic and career direction, so this can benefit UTB students,” he said.

Asked if the unpredictability of the oil prices had any impacts on the engineering students, Dr Nurul said petroleum engineering is still the ticket to a bright future, and that students should not worry about their job security.

“Petroleum engineering is a highly demanded type of engineering in the world and this is still growing, the challenge is there but challenges will always be there. The oil price drop does not mean anything, it’s a normal cycle. It’s a part of life,” he said.

Meanwhile, Md Haziq Hisyam Md Zaki who graduated with a petroleum engineering degree, said that he is still looking for a job that is related to his field and expertise.

Md Haziq, who currently teaches at a school in the Brunei-Muara district, said the job market is tough for fresh graduates.

“It’s hard to get a job these days, especially after hearing staff being laid off at some local oil and gas companies, students feel uncertain and fear for their future careers,” he said.

Present to officially launch SPE-UTB SC was Deputy Managing Director and Human resources Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum Hj Kamaludin Hj Bungsu.

Also present yesterday was chairman of SPE Brunei Hj Aidiradiman Hj Johan, of Brunei Shell Petroleum.

In his speech he advised students to keep connected with oil and gas industry companies, as well as international petroleum firms through existing SPE platforms such as e-libraries.

The Brunei Times