Wednesday, December 5, 2007



Some 40 final year students from Universiti Malaysia Sabah’s (UMS) School of Engineering and Information Technology (SKTM), School of Science and Technology (SST) and School of Business and Economics (SPE) obtained valuable first-hand learning experience and insight into the oil and gas industry after their visit to Shell Malaysia’s Exploration & Production office in Lutong, Sarawak and the Shell IT International Sdn Bhd (SITI) office in Cyberjaya last week. The study visit represented a milestone activity under the Shell-UMS Campus Ambassador Programme following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Shell and UMS early this year. UMS delegation leader to the Miri visit, Razak Mohd Ali Lee, said the visit benefited the students immensely as they saw for themselves the real-life atmosphere of working in an oil and gas company. “They were just amazed by the technology that Shell has at its disposal to conduct its operations. More importantly, they were able to interact with the human face of Shell, its personnel who gave them tips and words of encouragement about the new window of career opportunities that are within reach in the oil and gas industry,” Razak elaborated. A final year Mechanical Engineering student, Reena bt Rahman, found the visit an eye- opener. “We were able to match a correlation from the basics that we learn in class during the briefing. The visit motivated me to work harder and I certainly would want to apply for a job in Shell.” At Cyberjaya, the visiting students listened to a series of briefings on SITI operations, led by Jet Baustista, SITI’s Global Applications Hosting Operations Manager, and how IT acts as an enabler for Shell businesses to deliver its goals and targets. An MSC status company, SITI is an IT mega centre providing infrastructure and application support for SAP and e-business solutions to the Shell group. Twenty-two-year-old Wong Chan Fui, an IT Software Engineering student who visited the Shell office in Cyberjaya, was impressed with the working environment in Shell. “I think the Shell work culture is excellent - I noticed that they all enjoy their work and 1 like the flexibility that is exercised. Another IT student, Sheila Mitchele Michael, said the visit enabled her to learn about the various career opportunities in Shell. “I am so thrilled with the information about Shell that it makes me wanting very much to get into the company,” she enthused. Penang-born Karthiyani a/p Baskaran, a computer science student, also found the experience very useful to final year students like herself. “I hope that Shell would continue to organize such a trip for future students in UMS because there’s no comparison to what is gained from learning about the industry firsthand,” she said excitedly. Their sessions included briefings on career planning and job hunting upon graduation by Shell. Two new graduate recruits shared their personal experience going through the Shell recruitment process. Sabah Asset Manager George Ling, who welcomed the visitors in Lutong, hoped they gained new knowledge from the visit, adding: “I hope to see some of you working for Shell when you graduate.” Ling said the Campus Ambassador programme, which is carried out at six universities in Malaysia, was initiated by Shell Malaysia as a holistic way of building and developing relationships with the partner universities and student groups. Activities are primarily aimed at exposing students to industrial practices and operational experiences through facility visits, guest lecturings, career talks, soft skills management workshops and sponsorship of relevant research papers. Under the Shell-UMS Campus Ambassador programme, Shell also awards two top students from the School of Engineering and Information Technology, School of Science and Technology and School of Business and Economics each year.