On 24 April 2019, the Department of Geology, Faculty of Science and Kelab Geologi Universiti Malaya (KAGUM) has organised the Geoscience Industrial Week 2019 (GIW2019) in collaboration with UM Science Society and American Association of Petroleum Geologist (AAPG) University of Malaya Student Chapter. GIW2019 served as a platform not only for those with interest in issues related to geoscience to learn and discover more but for them to also exchange knowledge and share experiences about geoscience through interactive talks, exhibitions, and competitions.
This three-day event was held at the Department of Geology, UM. 120 participants from Malaysia and other countries such as Indonesia and Thailand participated in this event including program such as talks, discussions, and workshops, as well as competitions. Among the speakers were Dr. Rabieahtul Abu Bakar from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Oskar Pakpahan from Carigali-PTTEPI Operating Company Sdn Bhd, and Ahmad Nazmi M. Noor Azudin from Petronas Sdn Bhd.
With this year’s theme of “Progressing Towards Energy & Sustainable Development”, GIW2019 postulates a greater crowd and a more intensive intellectual discourse in order to fulfil the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goal Agenda. Furthermore, GIW also acts as a platform that catalyses potential partnerships and career opportunities for students.
According to Professor Dr. Norzulaani Khalid, Dean, Faculty of Science, the theme “Progressing Towards Energy & Sustainable Development” also means that not everything behind an industry is about science but also other elements including finance and marketing.
"GIW also acts as a platform that catalyses potential partnerships and career opportunities for students. The organisations that gathered here, together with us today are the forerunners of their industries, and have turned into a fundamental piece of the Malaysian and worldwide economy. As we analyse this statement, we start to understand that these industries are not all about the science behind it, but they envelop things like financial aspects and marketing. This is important for everybody who wants to make a career in these industries. You certainly require more than just a degree to make it.”
“I would like to make GIW2019 as a role model to other departments in this faculty”, she added. Geoscience Industrial Week, a student-led event has been organised for five consecutive years with interesting talks, exhibitions, and competitions every year.