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Launch of IChemE and AIChe Student Chapter in UMP

Kuantan, 20 May – As an initiative to enhance their leadership and learning skills of chemical engineering students at UMP, Faculty of Chemical & Natural Resources Engineering have launched two student chapters, Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChe) recently.

The IChemE Student Chapter and AIChe Student Chapter officially launched at the Gambang Campus officiated by Mr Mohan Balasingam, Regional Manager South East Asia of IChemE and Mr Muhammad Afiq Adib, Representative for AIChe UTP, and Head Coordinator of Student Chapters UMP, Dr Azizul Helmi.

The IChemE is a global professional membership organisation for chemical engineering professionals and those involved with process industries worldwide. Malaysia is an affiliate leader in terms of membership with more than 44, 000 members in 120 countries.
“IChemE is one the best platform for students in chemical discipline to explore networking opportunities and career advice by joining our activities and training,” said Mohan.

He also added that, IChemE awards the globally recognised Chartered Chemical Engineers status to chemical engineering graduates from local and international universities in Malaysia.

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“AIChe Student Chapter provides you the opportunity to be involved in chemical engineering in different manners. As a member, students will have the opportunity to build networks with the chemical engineers through participating in our Industry Outreach Program. Me myself have been selected to attend a conference in US last year through AIChe Student Chapter,” said Adib.

President of the newly-launched IChemE Student Chapter UMP, Wan Hamizan, undergraduate student and Rushdi Gaafar, president for AIChe Student Chapter UMP. Pro tem committee will serve as the contact point between both professional bodies and students. The benchmarking exercise between other universities will be initiated to ensure these new student chapters will be relevant to develop students’ capabilities.

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Engineering lecturer Dr Chew Few Ne, who advises the chapter, said she was pleased that students themselves had taken the lead to expand their network by engaging professional bodies like IChemE and AIChe which directly related to chemical industry players. Dr Azizul added, Energy Institute (EI) Student Chapter also will be established somewhere in September, 2017 to give more opportunities to our students to polish their leadership and communication skills.

More than 70 students and staff attended the launching.