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Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) received its first cohort of students registered for the off-campus/September 2013 Master of Business Administration in Energy Management (MBA-EM) programme on 7 September 2013.

The September 2013 MBA-EM cohort sees 10 scholars, who come from a diverse professional background, enrolling in the programme. The average professional working experience among the scholars is 8 years, whose affiliations include companies from within and outside of PETRONAS group.

During the programme’s registration and induction session at PETRONAS Petroleum Resource Centre (PRC), UTP Dean of Centre for Graduate Studies, Associate Professor Dr Mohd Fadzil Hassan, representing  Professor Ir. Dr. Ahmad Fadzil Mohd Hani, UTP Deputy Vice Chancellor  of Academic, described the MBA-EM programme as a niche MBA programme similar to that offered by Singapore’s Nanyang Technology University, but with a fraction of the fees which is to the benefit of students.   The MBA-EM programme is the 7th postgraduate taught-course programme offered by UTP.

According to UTP Head of Management and Humanities (M&H) Department, Associate Professor Dr Azrai Abdullah, the MBA-EM programme has come a long way before its commencement and all preparation to ensure the high quality of programme delivery has been done well in advance. To ensure the relevancy and robustness of the curriculum, M&H Department has done numerous internal curriculum review, expert panel workshops and industry stakeholders engagement.

Also present at the event to welcome the scholars were Puan Nelly Francis Shariah, Head of Education and Learning, HRM; En. Azahar Mohd Noor, PRC Senior Manager; En. Ismail Isa, PRC Manager;  Dr Lai Fong Woon, UTP MBA-EM Programme Manager, as well as lecturers and staff from UTP and PRC. 

According to Dr Lai, the educational objective of the MBA-EM is to develop leaders who are competent in driving and sustaining global energy business. Dr Lai opines that the programme is highly relevant especially to those professionals who are in the technical line, but are climbing the corporate ladders and need to acquire more knowledge on the managerial expertise for the industry. Apart from business executives, this programme also aims at attracting top talent candidates from the energy sector along, with other professionals serving the sector such as bankers and lawyers alike.

This 50-credit hour, 20-month MBA-EM programme features a dynamic and robust curriculum, which includes 9 business core and 5 energy management specialisation modules, namely Energy Value Chain, Energy Management, Energy Technology and Innovation, Low Carbon Economy and Sustainability, Energy Regulations and Policies. In addition, the programme structure also incorporates business research methodology, consultancy management and report. To enrich the learning experience as well as to provide a global perspective to scholars, the MBA-EM programme forges  collaboration with the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) of University of Colorado at Boulder, USA, in which the 5 energy management specialisation modules will be delivered by  RASEI’s professors.  RASEI’s professors are led by Professor Dr Paul Komor, who in 2007 shared in the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

All of the MBA-EM off-campus classes will be conducted over the weekends with the exception of 5 energy management modules, in which some weekday classes will be involved. This arrangement will facilitate working professionals attending the classes.  All the off-campus classes will be held at PRC as PRC has been appointed as the MBA-EM’s programme delivery partner.

For further enquiries about the MBA-EM programme, please contact Dr. Lai Fong Woon at +605-3687743 or email:​