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Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) received its second cohort of off-campus Master of Business Administration in Energy Management (MBA-EM) programme on 11 January 2014.


The second cohort saw 13 scholars registered for the January 2014 semester intake. The registration and induction (R&I) session for the new cohort took place at PETRONAS Petroleum Resource Centre (PRC), level 4, PETRONAS Twin Towers 1. PRC is the Programme Delivery Partner for the MBA-EM programme in which the off-campus studies will be conducted. 

Apart from Associate Professor Dr. Shahrina Md Nordin (UTP Head of Management and Humanities Department), Dr. Lai Fong Woon (MBA-EM Programme Manager), Associate Professor Dr. Azrai Abdullah (UTP former Head of Management and Humanities Department),  En. Tajul Ariffin Shamsuddin (UTP Registry), also present at the R&I event welcoming the new scholars were Pn. Nelly Francis Shariah (Head of EdL), En. Azahar M Noor (Senior Manager, PRC), En. Ismail Isa (Manager, PRC), En. Ibrahim Mohamed (Manager, PRC), lecturers and staff from UTP and PRC.  

Of the 13 new scholars in the January 2014 intake, 8 are PETRONAS staff, while the rest are employees from MISC Bhd, Technip Malaysia, Senergy International, Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd and one is a private consultant. The average professional working experience for this cohort is 9.4 years. 

The enrolment number for the second intake saw a 63% increase compared to the first intake in September 2013, which consists of 8 students whose affiliations include companies from within and outside of PETRONAS group. “We are happy and encouraged by the increase in enrolment number for the second cohort. We do not expect a large number of enrolment in each intake. After all the MBA-EM programme is a very niche programme catering for a specific industry of the economy. We emphasise in quality recruitment than quantity”, said Dr. Lai.  


“The MBA-EM is highly relevant to business executives as well as to those professionals in the technical line who need to sharpen their business acumen and managerial capability for the industry. As such, the MBA-EM programme aims at attracting top talent candidates from the energy sector along with other professionals serving the sector such as bankers, lawyers and regulators alike”, said Dr. Lai.   

The 50 credit hours, 20 months MBA-EM programme features a dynamic yet comprehensive curriculum design 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 and consultancy management modules together with a project report. 

To enrich the learning experience as well as provide a global perspective to scholars, the MBA-EM programme forges a collaboration with the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) of University of Colorado at Boulder, USA. The collaboration will see the 5 energy management specialisation modules to be delivered by RASEI’s visiting professors. The 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). 

PETRONAS Human Resources Management Division in September 2013 had made the MBA-EM programme available for the group wide’s Career Enhancement Programme (full scholarship) and Educational Enhancement Programme (financial assistance of RM5,000). 

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 without affecting much of their daily work.  All the off-campus classes will be held at PRC, PETRONAS Twin Towers 1, Kuala Lumpur City Center. 

For further enquiries about the MBA-EM programme, please contact Dr. Lai Fong Woon at phone: 05-3687743; email:​, or visit the programme’s website.