Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) through its Faculty of Integrated Technologies (FIT), signed a Joint Cooperation Agreement with the College of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Zhejiang University (ZJU) on 12 May 2018. The signing ceremony was graced by The Guest of Honour, Yang Mulia Dato Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, Deputy Minister of Energy and Industry.
Signing on behalf of FIT was Dr Hazwani Suhaimi, Acting Deputy Dean and Professor Dr Zhang Lin, Vice Dean of College of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Zhejiang University. Present to witness the signing was Datin Dr Hajah Anita Binurul Zahrina binti Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz, Vice Chancellor of UBD and Professor Wu Zhaohui, President of ZJU. Also to present to witness the signing was Chairman of Hengyi Group, Mr Qiu Jian Lin.
The signing is a renewal of the Joint Cooperation Agreement between the two institutions for a joint undergraduate programme in Chemical and Process Engineering which was initially signed in 2013. Under the agreement, the 4 year programme involves UBD students spending the initial two semesters in UBD, followed by one year study at ZJU and six months of industrial training in one of the Hengyi affiliated plants. The students come under the scholarship of Hengyi industries Sdn Bhd.
The industrial training includes placement in a petrochemical plant in China where the students will practice and develop their engineering skills in an operational refinery environment. Throughout this programme, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) is an important component of training for the students and it is embedded in their curriculum structure. Upon completion of the programme, the students are employed by Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd, stationed at Pulau Muara Besar where the Hengyi Petroleum Refinery is being constructed.
To date, five cohorts of students have been awarded the scholarship for the Chemical and Process Engineering programme. UBD has successfully produced 26 Chemical and Process Engineers who are now working with Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd and are currently undergoing their training in Shanghai as part of their career advancement training.
UBD and ZJU also discussed about expansion of their collaborations in other fields both in education and research. Zhejiang University is one of the world’s top universities and belongs to the elite C9 League of universities in China and it is one of China’s oldest and most selective institutions of higher education.
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