Shell, Curtin Malaysia ink MoUs on human capability devt, digitalisation

Durkin (seated second left) and Mienczakowksi (seated second right) at the signing ceremony in the presence of other dignitaries.

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MIRI, MAY 6: Sarawak Shell Berhad (Shell) and Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin) signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) recently, to strengthen their collaboration in the area of human capability development and digitalisation. This was also done in conjunction with Curtin Malaysia’s 20th anniversary celebration.

According to a press release, the united objective is to create experiential, industry-led learning for students, which is aimed to enhance the marketability and employability of graduates in this agile, digital age.

The first MoU focuses on the theme “Digitalisation” which aims to develop innovative and research digitalisation technologies.

Digitalisation is a series of projects defined by the various level of complexity. Through these projects, Shell hopes to create a knowledge exchange path between Shell and Curtin in view of building capability of future digital talents and to develop a talent pipeline prepped with digitalisation skills. This is also in line with the Sarawak government’s aspiration to move towards Industry 4.0 and in embracing big data.

Meanwhile, the second MoU involves an “Immersion Module” which is a 10-week programme aimed at enhancing students’ critical thinking, and problem-solving skills through teamwork.

“These MoUs further link Shell and Curtin in Sarawak, with a commitment to work together to accelerate the development of young talent in the essential areas of leadership, communication, problem-solving and digitalisation. These are essential skills for the future of Shell Malaysia and the country, as a whole.

“Leadership, communication and problem-solving skills are at the core of the new world and that new world will be digital,” said Simon Durkin, Shell Malaysia Upstream vice-president during the signing of the MoUs held here today.

This progamme consists of simulations of real working environments with challenges that will enable students to understand the critical success factors when delivering a major project for a multinational company.

The two MoUs were signed by Durkin and Nur Azlina Mohd Yazid, general manager Human Resources Upstream, Shell Malaysia and by Professor Jim Mienczakowksi, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Curtin University Malaysia.

The signing of the MoUs were witnessed by Jonathan Jolly, General Manager Government Relations for East Malaysia, Shell Malaysia and Professor Beena Giridharan, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor at Curtin University, Malaysia. — DayakDaily