Curtin Malaysia and PCSS Consultancy strengthen collaboration with signing of new MoU

Miri – 7 March 2023 – Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) and project management solutions provider PCSS Consultancy Sdn. Bhd. have renewed their two-and-a-half-year-old partnership in academic development, student and staff advancement, and project management-related research with the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently.

The signing saw Pro Vice-Chancellor, President and Chief Executive Professor Simon Leunig and Professional Services Director Andy Tiong Meng Jun signing on behalf of Curtin Malaysia and PCSS Consultancy respectively.

Also present were PCSS Consultancy’s General Manager Leong Lean Pong and Value Solutions Consultant Watson Brandah Usop, as well as Curtin Malaysia’s Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Vincent Lee Chieng Chen, Dean of Faculty of Engineering & Science Professor Tuong Thuy Vu, Associate Dean of External Engagement Associate Professor Ir. Lim Chye Ing, and Head of Department of Civil and Construction Engineering Associate Professor Wong Kwong Soon.

Prof. Leunig remarked that Curtin Malaysia, as Curtin’s largest global campus and hub in ASEAN, is committed to excellence and innovation in education and research, including student and staff development and enhancement of the student experience. Thus, it was very pleased to renew its partnership with PCSS Consultancy.

He outlined how PCSS Consultancy will continue to support Curtin Malaysia’s students by providing internship and job placement opportunities, as well supporting the undertaking of student projects across multiple disciplines, including providing financial sponsorship.

PCSS Consultancy and Curtin Malaysia will also work together to develop and conduct training or developmental programs for PCSS Consultancy staff, including the undertaking of postgraduate programmes at Curtin Malaysia. They will also collaborate to facilitate connections between PCSS Consultancy and Curtin Malaysia’s alumni, who now number close to 10,000, particularly for employment opportunities.

In addition, both organisations will jointly explore opportunities for applied research and development, scholarly research in support of academic development or leading to publications, and joint organisation of seminars, conferences and colloquia.

Further collaboration of note would be PCSS Consultancy’s provision of qualified trainers to deliver training in project management-related applications like Revit, Navisworks, Autodesk and Synchro to lecturers of Curtin Malaysia’s Faculty of Engineering and Science. This training will be extended to final-year engineering students, who will also get to attend seminars on Primavera P6 basic and Synchro to be held at the university.

Ts. Tiong thanked Curtin Malaysia for joining PCSS Consultancy to create a dynamic project management ecosystem and produce more project management expertise for industry in Sarawak.

He said PCSS Consultancy is working very closely with the Sarawak government, particularly with the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA), to produce more skilled manpower and achieve its target of producing 10,000 technologists within the next couple of years. This, he said, is a significant responsibility for a Sarawakian company like PCSS Consultancy and it is always seeking opportunities to collaborate with other industry players and institutions like Curtin Malaysia to achieve those aims.

Core to the collaboration with Curtin Malaysia is the development of students, equipping them with the necessary skillsets to contribute to Sarawak’s Post-COVID  Development Strategy 2030 and narrowing the skills gap in Sarawak, he added.

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Ts Tiong and Prof Leunig signing copies of the MoU

Ts Tiong and Prof Leunig exchanging MoU documents

Representatives of PCSS Consultancy and Curtin Malaysia pose for group photo