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Lecturers of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia will enjoy 50% discount on PetroEdge Training Courses

PUTRAJAYA, 27th SeptemberHeriot-Watt University Malaysia is pleased to announce that it has embarked on a three-year partnership with PetroEdge Pte. Ltd. (AsiaEdge Pte. Ltd.) and NrgEdge Pte. Ltd. today. This collaboration is aimed at nurturing Heriot-Watt University Malaysia students to be industry-ready upon graduation.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by key representatives from each organisation, i.e. Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi and Ms Janice Yew, Provost & Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer and Registrar of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia respectively; as well as Mohammad Khalid and Mohd Anas Asalem, Chief Technology Officer and Regional Strategic Partnerships Manager of NrgEdge Pte Ltd respectively.

With the MoU, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia lecturers will obtain a 50% discount on PetroEdge Training Courses. Various volunteer and networking opportunities with industry players will also be made available to students and lecturers, allowing them to gain a more in-depth understanding of the oil and gas industry and enhance their skills and knowledge in the field. The partnership also encourages dialogue between students and lecturers as NrgEdge provides a knowledge-sharing platform via online forums and discussions.

Additionally, the students and lecturers will have access to NrgEdge’s digital learning platform at www.nrgedge.net/learning, which include e-learning courses, webinars and virtual reality modules. This marks another step forward for the university in digital technical learning.

According to Professor Mushtak, the partnership with PetroEdge and NrgEdge would bring great value to students. “The 21st Century has brought its unprecedented challenges and opportunities and for our students and academics to succeed and thrive professionally and personally, they will need to adopt a continuously learning and growing mindset. Making world class courses available to our community electronically is a very important initiative that will go a long way in supporting the professional development of our people.”

Mohammad Khalid from NrgEdge adds, “It is our vision to help members in the energy, oil and gas industry excel at every point in their career journey, by providing them with the tools to succeed, whether it be by networking, or by helping them learn new skills. We want to be able to bridge the skills gap and to prepare the students for a brighter future in the industry.”  

Aina Jais, a second year MEng Petroleum Engineering student at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia adds that PetroEdge would certainly assist in helping her to gain an edge in these uncertain economic climate. “I am looking forward to using the platform to learn more. I have a huge passion towards the petroleum industry, and hope that we can gain a deeper insight into the industry, and glimpse into the career that will shape our future.” Aina Jais is also a NrgEdge Student Ambassador.

The event was held at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia in Putrajaya. Besides the MoU signing ceremony, the day’s itinerary also included speeches by Professor Mushtak and Mr. Khalid, as well as a testimonial by NrgEdge Student Ambassador Aina Jais. The event concluded with a group photo session and light refreshments.


About PetroEdge and NrgEdge

AsiaEdge Pte. Ltd. is the holding company of PetroEdge, the leading provider of Energy, Oil & Gas training in Asia. NrgEdge is the professional networking platform for Energy, Oil & Gas professionals, focusing on the Asia Pacific region. The company aims to create a holistic environment that will empower members to excel at every point in their career journey and to assist companies grow their business more effectively.


About Heriot-Watt University

Founded in 1821 as the world’s first mechanics institute, Heriot-Watt has a rich heritage and an established reputation as a leading research-led university. Now, our communities of scholars come from across the world and for a purpose: leaders in ideas and solutions, they deliver innovation and educational excellence in business, engineering, design and the physical, social and life sciences.

Working with leading academics, our students learn and thrive in our friendly community of campuses, with our partners and online. Our graduates are specialist, creative, professional and globally minded. With their research-informed education underpinned by the Heriot-Watt values, they develop character, leadership skills and social mobility, becoming professionally educated, globally employable, citizens of the world.

Our roots are in Scotland, our ambition and reach are truly international. A leader in transnational education, wherever we are, Heriot-Watt is a powerful driver and engine of the economy. Together with our alumni, civic community and industry partners, we transform people, society and the world we live in.


CONTACTS:

PetroEdge Pte. Ltd. (AsiaEdge Pte. Ltd.) & NrgEdge Pte. Ltd.
Eileen Tan
[email protected]
+65 6741 9927


Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
Kamelia Shamsuddin
[email protected] 
+6012 377 3945

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