By AIT Public Affairs
15 September 2023 – The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and MPRL E&P Pte. Ltd signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) in 2022 to facilitate the professional development of staff members of the Yangon-based company. The partnership was facilitated by the International Affairs Unit of the Office of International and Public Affairs, the Office of Advancement & Alumni Affairs, the Office of Student Affairs, and the AIT School of Engineering and Technology (SET). Under the terms of the Agreement, MPRL E&P agreed to sponsor 12 scholars in a One Year Master’s Degree program at AIT, distributed across three different batches over a span of three years. The scholars will earn their master’s degree in the Geo-Exploration and Petroleum Geoengineering (GEPG) Area of Specialization under the Geotechnical Engineering and Earth Resources Engineering (GTE) Program.
The first batch, comprising five MPRL E&P staff members, enrolled for the Fall semester of 2022, have already completed their intensive One-Year Professional Master’s Degree in July 2023. This group consisted of three individuals with a background in Petroleum Engineering background and two in Geologics background. They embarked on a remarkable educational expedition that blended academic rigor with practical insights.
Their journey at AIT showcased the fusion of academic rigor, practical exposure, and personal growth. Their time spent at the institute highlighted the paramount importance of customized education, cross-cultural immersion, and the seamless integration of theoretical knowledge into real-world contexts. As they step into the professional realm, these scholars are now equipped to make significant contributions to the field of Geo-Exploration and Petroleum Geoengineering.
As these scholars embark on the next phase of their careers, they share the enriching experiences gained during their time at AIT:
Htet Paing Oo, (Geoscientist)
In the span of a year, I gained valuable experiences and knowledge, finding both learning and joy. The course I took was exceptional, offering practical applications that align with my professional interests. An invaluable skill I acquired during this time was the art of time management, handling assignments, exams, and personal time effectively. The AIT campus offered great sports facilities, particularly expansive football fields, where I indulged my passion by playing four times a week. This led to participation in AIT’s mini-Olympics and football competitions, earning me two gold medals. Memorable field trips included an insightful journey to Vietnam, enhancing my understanding of the oil and gas industry, and a Japan exchange program exposing me to cutting-edge technologies. Reflecting, my year at AIT profoundly shaped my trajectory, preparing me for future challenges.
Htet Aung Kyaw (Petroleum Engineer)
My transformative year at the AIT was marked by a series of engaging field trips that played a pivotal role in my holistic education. Throughout this period, two journeys stood out prominently: the immersive visits to Japan and Vietnam. The Japan trip facilitated global connections and cross-cultural friendships among students, focusing on advanced earthquake technology and international cooperation. Conversely, the Vietnam trip catered to my oil and gas specialization, providing insights into the field’s latest research and the country’s dynamic industry landscape. This experience also immersed me in Vietnam’s culture, including its cuisine and geological features. AIT’s tailored education approach aligned perfectly with our future needs, empowering me with the knowledge to drive positive societal and environmental change. Equipped with AIT’s comprehensive education, I am determined to channel my expertise into impactful actions for the betterment of both society and the environment.
Pyae Phyo Paing (Petroleum Engineer)
My journey at AIT was a transformative expedition of learning, culture, and self-discovery. The vibrant campus life, rich Thai culture, challenges, and takeaways form a tapestry of experiences. AIT’s serene and sustainable campus in Thailand reflects its commitment to our planet’s well-being. Immersed in Thai traditions and hospitality, the concept of “Sanuk” brought positivity to academics and connections. Being an exchange student in Japan through the gPBL program broadened my perspective on collaborative problem-solving. Triumph in the AIT Mini Olympics highlighted teamwork’s importance, echoing the petroleum industry’s synergy. A field trip to Vietnam unveiled the complexities of the oil and gas sector, emphasizing sustainability and technology. The language barrier during my Japanese exchange taught me the art of clear communication and the importance of patience. Challenges fostered resilience, time management, and adaptability. My AIT journey shaped me into a global-minded, adaptable individual, equipped to address complex challenges. As I move forward, I’m armed with skills to navigate geosystem exploration, contribute sustainably, and embrace a brighter future, guided by AIT’s compass of learning.
Khin Yadanar New (Geoscientist)
AIT’s Master’s degree program offered a range of experiences, achievements, and challenges that profoundly influenced both my academic and personal development. The tailored curriculum focused on equipping me with essential skills and expertise for a successful career in GEPG, enhancing my ability to tackle complex challenges confidently. Notably, engaging in field trips, especially the intensive field trip in Vietnam, provided invaluable insights into the local oil and gas industry, furnishing me with practical knowledge critical to my professional growth. Balancing demanding coursework, field excursions, and personal commitments demanded dedication and time management, fostering resilience and adaptability that now underpin my professional life. The student exchange program in Japan enriched my perspective and cross-cultural collaboration, despite language barriers, while adding an international dimension to my journey. In essence, this journey combined achievements and challenges, sculpting me into a well-rounded, adaptable professional.
Yu Nandar Myat (Petroleum Engineer)
My time at AIT was a transformative experience, marked by a rich international community that exposed me to diverse perspectives. Faculty members were instrumental in shaping my learning journey as a focal person for MPRL 1st batch scholars, enhancing leadership and problem-solving skills. Practical learning, through real-world projects and case studies, effectively bridged theory and industry challenges in the Oil and Gas sector. AIT’s industry connections facilitated networking with experts and alumni, leading to collaborations and innovative projects. An international internship in Vietnam’s Oil and Gas Industry highlighted industry challenges, stressing sustainability, responsible resourcing, and tech advancement for the future. The gPBL program’s exchange student opportunity in Japan broadened my outlook. Beyond academics, soft skills workshops and personal development initiatives honed my abilities. The experience culminated in a well-rounded journey of growth, preparing us to contribute meaningfully to the industry.
Overall, the first batch’’s experience in AIT’s master’s program showcases the benefits of diverse learning, expert guidance, practical experience, industry relevance, networking, research, and personal growth. These prepare them for a successful future and meaningful contributions to the MPRL E&P sector.
The second batch with four MPRL scholars has already been enrolled for the August 2023 semester.