Let’s “Continue Forever”– PRESTIGE 2017

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This year, we choose the historical city of Melaka as a host for PRESTIGE 2017. A total of 60 final-year engineering degree students from universities in the southern region, namely Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), University Kuala Lumpur (UniKL), Universiti Teknikal Melaka (UTEM), Universiti Tun Hussien Onn (UTHM) and Multimedia University (MMU), participated in the event. The students were selected by their respective faculties based on their academic achievement, leadership skills and participation in co-curricular activities

PRESTIGE 2017 started in the afternoon of 10th Nov 2015 (Friday) with an Ice breaking called “Breaking out your shell” organized by the renowned corporate teambuilding company, Active Bugs. The activities during the ice breaking required team work, creativity and communication.

During the networking dinner that evening, the Advisor for MGA’s Learning & Development Working Committee, En. Ahmad Hashimi Abdul Manaf, welcomed participants, lecturers and speakers to PRESTIGE 2017. This is followed by En. Mohd Shahrir Adnan, from Hess Oil & Gas, who gave a motivational talk titled “Exploring your passions to unlock your future petroleum passions”.

Day 2 started with a talk on “The HSE in Me” by En. A Ghaffar Maulana from PETRONAS, with objective to make the students aware of the health, safety and environment (HSE) requirements in the oil & gas sector.

The participants then boarded 2 buses, each equipped with safety belts, for a visit to Melaka Refinery and Co-generation Plant at Sungai Udang, Melaka. During the visit, the participants were briefed on the background, technical, safety and environmental aspects of the plant by En. Abu Huzaifah bin Hj Bidin from Petronas. MGA also arranged for En. Mohd Hafeez Bin Mansor from Petronas Gas to provide an insight into the world’s first Re-gassification Terminal (RGT) using floating storage units (FSU), which is visible from the refinery in Sg Udang.
The formal session on day 2 continued back at the hotel with an HSE Challenge facilitated by En. Ghaffar.

That evening, the students were treated to BBQ dinner sponsored by ExxonMobil. The students in turn treated everyone with diverse entertainment when they performed during the group talent contest called “PRESTIGE Got Talent”. Each group comprise students from different universities and was only officially allocated 2 hours to plan, prepare and practice. Remarkably, all groups managed to deliver polished and rather entertaining performances.
The talented singing group “Bang Bang” won first prize, second place went to cute dance crew “Sharkz Yu” and followed by “Superman” who performed a cute dance hilarious comedy in third place

Day 3 began with a Resume Workshop by En. Faiz Latip from nrgEDGE and demonstration of the virtual reality training tool facilitated by Mr. Taj Uddin from the same company. This is followed by a session on Gas Advocacy called “Gas and Me” by En. Raja Dzulkarnain Raja Zainal Abidin from PETRONAS.

After lunch, En. Kamal Kasim from ExxonMobil shared his experience working abroad in several countries during the session called “Be Local, Think Global”.
The highlight of the day must be the panel session moderated by En. Rosman Hamzah from MGA and a panel comprising En. Sukiman Mohamad from ExxonMobil, En. Adlan Arshad from SHELL, En Nija Amri from H Rosen and En. Raja Dzulkarnain from PETRONAS.
The panel session, called "Navigating the Future", provided students with the opportunity to engage and learn from panelists with varied backgrounds and each with own transformational career advancements. We received good feedback from participants on the panel session, with some requested to hold it for a whole day.

PRESTIGE 2017 ended with presentation of certificates to participants, prizes to best teams and Ms. Congeniality award to Joanna Rochelle Anak Joni from Universiti Kuala Lumpur as voted by fellow participants.

Appreciation to Sponsors:

MGA would like to thank the following members for their kind sponsorships during PRESTIGE 2017;

ExxonMobil, Deleum Berhad, Gas Malaysia Berhad, H Rosen Asia Pacific, Petronas Gas Berhad, Hess Oil & Gas, nrgEDGE, UMW Oil & Gas and Imperial Heritage Hotel.

Feedback on PRESTIGE 2017
The program received very positive and enthusiastic feedback from both the students and lecturers who appreciated the opportunity to engage and learn directly from professionals in the industry.
Some of the memorable written feedback received from students are as follows:-
• “Make program longer, extend to 3-4 days”
• “Need more days so we are able to know more about program and friends”
• “Increase sessions where students can interact personally with professionals”
• “More fun guys like En. Rosman, En. Sukiman and En. Raja”
• “Very good, no need improvement”
• And last but definitely not least, “Continue forever”

About PRESTIGE:

Practical Environmental, Safety and Industrial Guidance for Student Engineers (PRESTIGE) is an educational program for student engineers to learn about the gas industry and appreciate Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) issues and challenges faced by today’s engineers and help them to build a firm foundation in preparation of their career as engineers.

The objectives of PRESTIGE are:

1. To create awareness and expose students to the whole value chain of natural gas industry.
2. To create Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) awareness of the proper usage, delivery and application of gas products.
3. To raise understanding of the HSE & Sustainable Development issues faced by the natural gas industry today.
4. To enhance the students understanding of HSE by sharing tools and practices and its application.
5. To provide an overview of the career opportunities available in the natural gas industry.