Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) today celebrated the achievement of its 1,154 graduates at its 15th Convocation ceremony. From the total, the university conferred 69 PhDs, 132 Masters and 953 bachelor’s degrees.
From the 953 bachelor’s degree graduates, nearly 73% per cent achieved first and second class upper honours. This year’s convocation also saw a first time graduation for 16 Master of Business Administration (Energy Management) and two Master of Philosophy in Management students.
UTP has produced 13,148 graduates since its first convocation in 2001.
At the convocation ceremony, UTP Pro Chancellor, PETRONAS chairman Tan Sri Sidek Hassan, announced the appointment of PETRONAS President, Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin as the university’s second Pro Chancellor.
Leading the graduates in receiving their scrolls were Ir Hj Mohamed Zohari Mohamed Shaharun, Former Vice President of Technology Resource Management, PETRONAS and Dr Øystein Berg, Former Managing Director, International Programme for PETROLEUM Management and Administration (PETRAD), Norway. Both were conferred with UTP’s Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering.
Chemical Engineering graduate Irene Lock Sow Mei received the Chancellor's Gold Award, while Lee Kean Seng (Mechanical Engineering) and Naily Kamal Mohd Zamri (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) received the silver and bronze awards respectively.
Chan Yi Herng, a Chemical Engineering graduate received the Alumni Postgraduate Award at the Master’s level, while Dileep Kumar of India (Electrical and Electronic Engineering), received the Alumni Postgraduate Award for PhD.
Nguyen Chi Cuong of Vietnam, an Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduate was awarded the Best International Undergraduate Student award.
Various events were organised in conjunction with the convocation ceremony. Academic and Research Exhibition 2015 is an event where young generation can demonstrate their creativity and talents in the field of technology and where they can gain experience and discover new knowledge. The event featured research and innovation exhibition, mind games and science shows, among others.
UTP and its Student’s Representative Council also organised Convofest from 23 October to 25 October, featuring various interesting activities that included cultural and art performances, nasyid festival, performances from Warner Music artists and a talk by Ustaz Azhar Idrus.
UTP also organised Convo Run 2015 with the theme Run for Charity on 17 October. Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya, State Youth, Sports, Communications and Multimedia Committee chairman, and UTP Vice Chancellor, Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim B Hashim were among the 394 runners.
UTP organised the YUTP Charity Golf 2015 on 10 October, where it attracted 80 avid golfers from the oil and gas industry. The event was held to help raise funds for the Yayasan UTP (YUTP) Bursary. It successfully raised some RM250,000 for Yayasan UTP, which will be awarded to deserving students of the university.
On 4 October, UTP organised Convoride 2015, the university’s CSR programme as well as a cycling event. UTP donated 200 bicycles to underprivileged school children from 20 schools in Tronoh and surrounding areas at Convo Ride 2015.
Since Convo Ride was first organised in 2012, more than 400 bicycles have been donated to school children. For this year’s CSR programme, UTP received sponsorships and donations of more than RM100,000 and a portion of the donations will be channeled to Yayasan UTP bursary fund to provide financial aid for UTP students. The bicycles were sponsored mainly by UTP and PETRONAS staff as well as other individuals and organisations at RM 300 each.
As a cycling event, Convo Ride 2015 covered a distance of 45km involving areas of Seri Iskandar, Bota, Tanjung Belanja, Manong and Parit. This year’s Convo Ride attracted more than 600 cyclists from all over Malaysia such as Penang, Kedah, Selangor, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan.