16 Jul 2013 07:54

KUALA LUMPUR, July 15 (Bernama) -- Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) welcomes local companies to cooperate with it to do research on the oil and gas (O&G) industry so that the industry can be developed in the future.

Vice Chancellor, Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim, said the university welcomed collaborations and partnerships with different organisations to pursue activities which would benefit both parties.

"Presently, almost 400 companies and organisations have established linkages with UTP in terms of offering internship placements for our students as well as conducting joint industry-driven research," he told a media briefing after signing an agreement with D3 Chemicals Sdn Bhd for a research collaboration on corrosion inhibitor technology.

Abdul Rahim said the university's support for the industry had further expanded, especially in research and development (R&D), where new ideas and thoughts were conceptualised in the university while the ideas and knowledge were applied in the industry.

He said UTP had always been mindful of the importance of the industry's support in bringing the university to another level of success.

"Since the university's inception in 1997, UTP has been working closely with the industry through the appointment of expert panels and industry experts in the development of our curriculum to ensure that we produce industry-ready graduates," he said.

Abdul Rahim said the agreement with D3 Chemicals was another testament of the successful collaboration between the university and the industry.

He said a university could not be working separately from the industry but instead both parties should be collaborating in various aspects of teaching, learning, research and consultancy to bring tremendous benefits to both parties.

D3 Chemicals is a Malaysian company specialising in R&D on chemicals, particularly based on "ionic liquid" or "electron donor" technology. -- BERNAMA