MIRI: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was inked between Curtin University Malaysia Sarawak Campus and Press Metal Bintulu on Monday as a catalyst for a strong partnership.
Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, Curtin University Malaysia Professor Vincent Lee said with Press Metal Bintulu’s industry experience as a globally integrated aluminium producer with a significant presence in Southeast Asia, and Curtin Malaysia’s strengths in research and academia, these could be leveraged by both parties for their mutual benefit, the benefit of its students, and the wider communities in which they operate.
Under the MoU, there will be collaboration in research and academia, student and staff development, human resource capacity building for Malaysia, including the offering of financial aid and scholarships to Curtin Malaysia students, joint organising of community engagement activities, and more.
“We look forward to any potential joint research projects, career guidance, mentoring sessions and speaking engagements by Press Metal Bintulu staff as well as internship and industry immersion and job placement opportunities for our students,” Lee said.
“As Curtin University’s largest global campus and hub in Southeast Asia, and a private university majority owned by the Sarawak government, coupled with our broad expertise and modern and well-developed research and teaching facilities, we are well placed to be a strong partner in these collaborations,” he pointed out.
Lee added that Curtin is committed to innovation and excellence in teaching and research, and engaging local communities and transforming lives through leadership, innovation and excellence.
“We are also committed to providing inclusive learning ecosystems that maximise the opportunities for our students and ensure that the education we provide is relevant to industrial practices, and our students are career-ready when they graduate,” he said.
At the signing ceremony, Press Metal Bintulu was represented by its group general manager Choa Wei Keong.
Also present was Press Metal Bintulu Sdn Bhd general manager Kenzer Tan.