Institut Teknologi Brunei (ITB) (Brunei Institute of Technology), one of the higher learning institutions in Brunei, launched the Materials Testing Centre (MTC) while it signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with two multinational companies, Microsoft and Foster Wheeler on Saturday.
Signing on behalf of ITB was Dr Hjh Zohrah, Acting Vice Chancellor while Haniza Zakariya and Roberto Penno signed for Microsoft (B) Sdn Bhd and Foster Wheeler (B) Sdn Bhd respectively.
Under the MOU with Microsoft, ITB and Microsoft will form an alliance through the Partner in Learning Education Transformation Agreement (PiL-ETA) to provide a comprehensive joint public-private program for educational excellence to achieve three goals which are Transform Learning, Further Innovation and Develop 21st Century Skills and Employability within the next five years.
Meanwhile, Foster Wheeler will provide a platform for developing specialized industry training in ITB to equip students and graduates with vital industry knowledge and skills to improve employability under the MOU signed.
The MTC is equipped with up-to-date testing machines and equipment, provides a wide range of quality control testing services of construction materials such as steel re-bars, welded steel fabric, strand wires, structural steel, bolts and nuts. The MTC is also capable of characterizing metals, plastics, ceramics and timbers. Tests can also be carried out for compliance of construction materials to local and international standards. The Materials Testing Laboratory was established in 1997 before upgrading to a Centre.
Microsoft founded in 1975 is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
Foster Wheeler is an affiliate of the established Foster Wheeler AG, and is part of the Global Engineering and Construction Group which designs and constructs leading-edge processing facilities for the upstream oil and gas, liquefied natural gas ( LNG) and gas-to-liquids, refining, chemicals and petrochemicals, power, minerals and metals, environmental, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industries.