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Launching of IChemE and AIChe Student Chapter in UMP

Kuantan, 20 May – As an initiative to enhance the leadership and learning skills of chemical engineering students at UMP, FKKSA recently launched two student chapters of professional bodies, namely, the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChe). More than 70 students and members of staff attended the launching.

The IChemE Student Chapter and AIChe Student Chapter were officially launched at the UMP Gambang Campus which was officiated by Mr Mohan Balasingam, the Regional Manager South East Asia of IChemE and Mr Muhammad Afiq Adib, the Representative for AIChe UTP, and Head Coordinator of Student Chapters at UMP, Dr Azizul Helmi. The IChemE is a global professional 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 the chemical engineering discipline to explore networking opportunities and career advice by joining our activities and training,” said Mr Mohan. He also added that IChemE awards were globally recognised and members would enjoy the Chartered Chemical Engineers status given to chemical engineering graduates from local and international universities in Malaysia. Meanwhile, according to Mr Muhammad Afiq Adib, “AIChe Student Chapter provides you the opportunity to be involved in chemical engineering in different ways. As members, students will have the opportunity to build networks with chemical engineers by participating in our Industry Outreach Program. I myself have been selected to attend a conference in the US last year through AIChe Student Chapter”.

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Wan Hamizan and Rushdi Gaafar, both undergraduate students at FKKSA, were named as the President of the newly-launched IChemE Student Chapter at UMP and the President of the AIChe Student Chapter at UMP, respectively. The pro tem committee members would serve as the contact point between both professional bodies and the students. The benchmarking exercise with other universities would be initiated to ensure that these new student chapters would be relevant to develop students’ capabilities.

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The advisor to the student chapter, FKKSA lecturer Dr Chew Few Ne, said that she was pleased that students themselves had taken the lead to expand their network by becoming engaged with professional bodies directly linked to chemical industry players like IChemE and AIChe. Meanwhile, Dr Azizul Helmi added that Energy Institute (EI) Student Chapter would also be established sometime in September 2017 to give more opportunities to our students to hone their leadership and communication skills.


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