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SINTOK: Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) are encouraged to get involved in the energy industry because it is seen as an effective way to give students exposure to the industry involving oil & gas and, at the same time, open up opportunities and experiences for students to empower talent management.
The initiative was proposed by the Chairman of Energy, Maritime, Oil & Gas, EMOG Strategic Group, Zulkifli Abd Rani during the UUM TALKS event: “Positioning UUM for the Challenges & Opportunities in Energy Enhancement / Transition / Management / Talent Post Coronavirus and GE15”, recently.
He said, the initiative is seen as feasible if the university sees this opportunity as a step to introduce energy industry and empower talent management not only to UUM students but to the community in UUM.
“Nowadays, according to MFC Equity, there are currently 14.4 billion investments that are allocated in Kedah.
“UUM, known as a management university, needs to seize the opportunity by engaging in the future of the energy industry,” he said after referring to a speech given by the UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Haim Hilman Abdullah who shared his support for this initiative to implement changes for the community in UUM.
According to his speech, by positioning UUM in the energy industry in the future, it has indirectly opened up good opportunities for the state of Kedah and UUM itself.
Zulkifli also revealed that the UUM Vice-Chancellor had involved in the virtual conference: Energy For Ummah – A New Game Changer For The Muslim World as one of the speakers in March.
Among the potential advantages that will occur from this initiative are strategic collaboration between UUM and EMOG, energy projects at Kedah Hub, centre for professional leadership and human capital development at Institut Pemikiran Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, and a research centre / networking for energy for the Ummah.
This event, organized by the UUM Registrar’s Department was attended by the UUM Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Haim Hilman Abdullah and several heads of departments. It is estimated that 300 people attended, consisting of UUM staff and students.