The Dean of UMS’s (Universiti Malaysia Sabah) engineering and information technology Assoc Prof Dr Rosalam Sarbatly said that national oil and gas company, Petroliam Nasional Bhd or Petronas should work with them to train workers for the oil and gas industry. This is because Sabah state which is known to have a large amount of oil and gas reserves are well positioned to become a major economic factor to the country in the future but the growth is very much limited as there are not enough experts in this sector.

By leveraging on the industry expertise of Petronas with the strong academic programme in UMS, they could contribute greatly to the growth of the oil and gas industry of the state and the country. This will ensure that students will be able to grasp the challenges in the industry and be better equipped after they graduate which will then contribute to the overall value chain of the industry.
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