Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) to collaborate in a training and development partnership.
The agreement involves the development of maritime and logistics studies through training of UMT’s students, as well as platform sharing for research and development (R&D) in maritime technology and port management.
PTP CEO Marco Neelsen said the company is looking forward to working closely with the university in developing industry-ready graduates through programmes such as the structured internship programme, “Two Universities, Two Industries” programme, industrial training programme and also R&D activities.
“Strategic collaboration with institutions of higher learning is part of our initiatives towards enhancing the competency level and skills of our current and future staff as the company’s valuable assets. This is in line with our aspiration to be the preferred port of choice in the region,” he said.
Through the programmes, participating students will be trained and exposed to complex job dynamics and ways to empower their leadership skills.
Neelsen said this will equip the students to become better, all-rounded talents, subsequently supplementing the port industry with a young graduate talent pool that meets the requirements in the long run.
Meanwhile, UMT vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Nor Aieni Mokhtar said there have been more stringent requirements from industries for graduates to have hard and soft skills relevant to their employment.
She said the university is in full support of the programmes and will send students in accordance with the requirement of the specific company involved.
“With the number of graduates increasing continuously, there is a need for the university to improve the employability rating,” she said.
The MoA was signed by officials from PTP and UMT during the UMT Business Partners Appreciation Ceremony 2017 and launch of the Industry Centre of Excellence for maritime cluster in Terengganu recently.