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​UTP Vice Chancellor Admitted as William Pitt Fellow

(13 October 2016)

 

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) Vice Chancellor Datuk Ir (Dr) Abdul Rahim Hashim was recently admitted as a William Pitt Fellow.

The ceremony was held in the Thomas Gray Room, Pembroke College. University of Cambridge.

The fellowship is conferred by the Pembroke College of Cambridge in recognition of UTP’s partnership with the College in academic activities.

Datuk Abdul Rahim is the first Malaysian representing a University to be admitted into this esteemed group. He joins the ranks of the other eleven fellows which include AIG Europe Ltd. Executive Vice President Peter Hancock, Chinese Weekly Managing Director Kai Dai and Warwick International Hotels President Richard Chiu.

“I am truly honoured to accept this fellowship. This is indeed a significant milestone and a valuable recognition for UTP, testifying to our firm commitment to continue establishing strong links and working relationships with esteemed international partners,” said Datuk Abdul Rahim.

He added that this fellowship is indeed timely as UTP is gearing up towards its next phase of development, Towards Global Prominence.

The William Pitt Fellowship falls under the purview of Pembroke’s Corporate Partnership Programme, established in 1996, to forge relationships between the corporate world and academia.  

The programme seeks to identify collaboration opportunities, design and tailor programmes for each partner and ensure that mutually agreed objectives are met.


UTP has been part of the programme since January 2015. This partnership opens up doorways for summer placements and internships, sabbaticals and secondments, recruitment, special projects, graduate studentships, research support and consultancy work.

More recently, fellows of the College linked up with UTP for the ground breaking Alpha Matrix project, which received the largest single research grant of RM42 million from the Petroleum Research Fund.

Hailed as a possible game-changer for oil and gas industry, the research will see the first-ever integration of nanotechnology and electromagnetics in the oil fields.

“This may very well be the future of oil discovery, and our research team leading this project is very excited about the potential it offers,” said Datuk Abdul Rahim.

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"I am truly honoured to accept this fellowship. This is indeed a significant milestone and a valuable recognition for UTP, testifying to our firm commitment to continue establishing strong links and working relationships with esteemed international partners," said Datuk Rahim.

 

He added that this fellowship is indeed timely as UTP is gearing up towards its next phase of development, Towards Global Prominence. 

 

The William Pitt Fellowship falls under the purview of Pembroke's Corporate Partnership Programme, established in 1996, to forge relationships between the corporate world and academia. 

 

UTP has been part of the programme since 2015. This partnership opens up doorways for summer placements and internships, sabbaticals and secondments, recruitment, special projects, graduate studentships, research support and consultancy work.

 

More recently, Pembroke College linked up with UTP for the Alpha Matrix project which will see the first-ever integration of nanotechnology and electromagnetics in the oil fields. The project has received the largest single research grant of RM42 million from the Petroleum Research Fund.

 

The research will be a game changer for the oil industry as it will look at the mobility of oil within the reservoir of crude oil.

 

"Electromagnetics are used to detect the presence of oil, gas and others but when you combine it with nano particles, for example, it gives you different dynamics.  We would be able to detect not just the oil itself, but we are able to follow the flow, the mobility of oil," Datuk Abdul Rahim said.

 

In addition to the Alpha Matrix project, UTP is also working on various other programmes which include an executive leadership programme for the university's management.