The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Pertamina University (Jakarta, Indonesia) to establish a partnership on activities of mutual importance to the two organizations. The signing ceremony took place on May 23, 2017, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The MoU agreement includes provisions focused on safety education in undergraduate chemical engineering curricula; development of university faculty competency in chemical process safety techniques; joint sponsorship of AIChE's Center for Chemical Process Safety's (CCPS) Global Summit on Process Safety to be held in Indonesia; and prospective collaborations on other technical activities of benefit to chemical engineers affiliated with the two organizations.
The MoU was signed by Shakeel Kadri, Executive Director of CCPS, and Budi W. Soetjipto, Vice Rector of Pertamina University.
In signing the agreement, Kadri said that the MoU between CCPS and Pertamina University represented a significant opportunity to advance CCPS’s vision for process safety excellence in the industries of Southeast Asia, beginning at the university level. “Instilling process safety awareness and stewardship in the next generation of chemical process engineers — and, in turn, their future employers — is a crucial step in creating a chemical process industry culture built upon safe practices, uniform standards, and the sharing of knowledge,” said Kadri.
A foundational component of the MoU between CCPS and Pertamina University involves AIChE’s Undergraduate Process Safety Learning Initiative — a global effort to ensure that all chemical engineering graduates possess a working knowledge of process safety principles when they enter the workforce. The project, which is being funded by the AIChE Foundation and led by CCPS, is a core priority of the Foundation’s Doing a World of Good campaign, which focuses on bringing chemical engineering expertise to bear for the good of society.
AIChE is a professional society of 53,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontiers of chemical engineering research in such areas as energy, sustainability, biological and environmental engineering, nanotechnology and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at www.aiche.org.
CCPS is a not-for-profit corporate membership organization within AIChE, with over 180 members, that identifies and addresses process safety needs in the chemical, pharmaceutical and petroleum industries. CCPS brings together manufacturers, government agencies, consultants, academics and insurers to lead the way in improving process safety. Members, working in project subcommittees, define and develop useful, time-tested guidelines that have practical applications that run the gamut from human factors to qualitative and quantitative risk analysis to security vulnerability to inherently safety design. With more than 100 publications, CCPS is at the forefront of efforts to improve process safety performance. More information about CCPS is available at www.aiche.org/ccps.
About Pertamina University
Established in 2016 by Pertamina, Indonesia’s state-owned oil and natural gas company, Pertamina University is dedicated to advancing that nation’s educational opportunities in business, energy technology, and the physical sciences. The university is managed by the Pertamina Foundation, and offers courses of study in a breadth of engineering disciplines, as well as computer science, management, economics, international relations, and communication. More information is available at https://universitaspertamina.ac.id.