There is so much controversy around palm oil outside Malaysia that we forget to look within and appreciate what we have that we are truly blessed with. Our Minister of Primary Industries YB Teresa Kok did exactly that with a soft launch of the Love MY Palm Oil Campaign on 8 January 2019.
Many Malaysians already use palm oil for cooking because it is the cheapest cooking oil in the market. Some believe what is imported and more expensive is better, and believe foreign media streamed on smart phones. What they do not realise is how healthy it is as well as value for money.
The crude oil glut of 2015 saw many people including chemical engineers in the oil and gas industry losing their jobs. While the oil and gas industry has recovered somewhat, it is not recruiting as many fresh engineering graduates. Chemical engineering undergraduates are no longer eyeing the oil and gas industry as the top employer. Should they consider the palm oil industry which is the 4th largest export revenue earner after the 2nd which is petroleum products?
- Is the palm oil industry sustainable?
- Do we kill orangutans?
- Is it safe?
- What are the career prospects?
- What is the salary?
These questions will be answered at the POPSIG University Roadshow 2019—2020 where POPSIG members will visit the 24 universities in Malaysia offering chemical engineering degree courses. There will be a two hour highly interactive session with speakers from IChemE, the Malaysia Palm Oil Council (MPOC), the palm oil industry as well as academia.
There will also be a field trip to one of the sectors of the industry viz plantation, oil mill, crusher, refinery or oleochemical plant.
- University Tunku Abdul Rahman — 16 August 2019, Friday
- Monash University Malaysia — 30 September 2019, Monday
- University Malaya — 09 October 2019, Wednesday
- Xiamen University Malaysia — 06 November 2019, Wednesday
- University Nottingham Malaysia — 04 December 2019, Wednesday
- UCSI — 13 January 2020, Monday
- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia) — 19 February 2020, Wednesday
- Heriot-Watt University Malaysia — 04 March 2020, Wednesday
- Universiti Putra Malaysia — 02 April 2020, Thursday
- Universiti Malaysia Pahang — 22 April 2020, Wednesday
- Taylor's University Malaysia — May 2020
- Curtin University Sarawak, Malaysia — August 2020
- Universiti Teknologi Malaysia — September 2020
- Swinburne University (Sarawak) & Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) — October 2020
- SEGi University, Selangor — 03 November 2020, Tuesday
- Universiti Teknologi Petronas — November 2020
Please save the date to your calendar.
If you would like the roadshow to visit your university, ask your lecturer in charge of the chemical engineering student chapter, as soon as possible, to contact Ms Theresa Lok, IChemE Membership Marketing Executive at email@example.com and Dr Viknesh Andiappan, Roadshow Director.
If you are a chemical engineer working in the palm oil industry and want to volunteer to be a speaker at roadshow, please contact the POPSIG Secretary Associate Professor Dr Wu Ta Yeong at firstname.lastname@example.org
Appreciation to MPOC
We are pleased to announce that MPOC has agreed to support the POPSIG University Roadshow. The MPOC is a corporate body with a mission to promote the market expansion of Malaysian palm oil and its products by enhancing the image of palm oil and creating better acceptance through awareness of various technological and economic advantages (techno-economic advantages) and environmental sustainability.
- (a) 20190816-UTAR; (b) UTAR Carey Island Visit
- 20190930-Monash University Malaysia
- 20191009-University of Malaya
- 20191106-Xiamen University Malaysia
- 20191204-University of Nottingham Malaysia
- 20200219-Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
- 20200304-Heriot-Watt University Malaysia