Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) and Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) entered into a joint development agreement in developing an Augmented Reality (AR) module app for INSTEP’s first-of-its-kind live Upstream Downstream Training Plant (UDTP), which simulates upstream and downstream plant scenarios to produce job-ready engineers and technicians through real plant experiential learning.
Present during the virtual signing ceremony was INSTEP’s Chief Executive Officer, Idris Ibrahim, while UTP was represented by its Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ts. Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib.
Through this partnership, INSTEP and UTP jointly developed a pilot digital module app via AR approach to complement the existing training modules related to INSTEP’s UDTP. This virtual signing ceremony witnessed the first ever collaboration forged between these learning solutions partners in bringing virtual learning a step ahead by digitalising the physical learning facilities to enhance learners’ learning retention, especially amidst this unprecedented time when physical learning is restricted.
“Constantly innovating our learning delivery and technology, this newly developed AR module app is one of our many more ‘Innovate Now’ initiatives in complementing our existing Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) and live demonstration to create enhanced experiential learning and support our learners and customers grow virtually,” said INSTEP’s Chief Executive Officer, Idris Ibrahim.
“This partnership is in tandem with PETRONAS’ initiatives of going digital and embracing digitalisation. With the digitalisation of trainings content, it will catalyse trainings to greater heights. It also enhances the quality of our research, productivity as well as enables the extension and application of knowledge to address both local and global needs. This is in line with the university’s aspiration to enhance our distinctiveness and competitive advantage through our value propositions,” said UTP’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Ts. Dr Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib.
Established in 1981, INSTEP accelerates human capital development in the energy industry and has produced more than 130,000 competent technical workforce globally. The year 2021 marks INSTEP’s 40 years of contribution to technical competencies and commitment in enriching energy workforce for a sustainable future.
UTP, which was founded in 1997, is one of the leading universities in the region. It offers a wide range of industry-relevant engineering, science and technology programmes as well as management and humanities at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 24 years on, the university has produced over 19,000 graduates from more than 60 countries and has become one of the main feeders within the region in producing competent talents and workforce.