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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Asia Plantation Capital will be providing industrial training for undergraduate students from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) starting in June 2016.
Operations at Asia Plantation Capital’s purpose-built agarwood distillation and research centre has been in full swing for the past year, and is now ready to open its doors to interns from local universities. Asia Plantation Capital Berhad has recently confirmed collaborations with Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) to be a part of these universities’ internship or industrial training programmes.
To commence proceedings, each university is sending one student to the Asia Plantation Capital Johor facility for a period of three months, to fulfil his or her industrial training requirements. The placement will begin in June of this year.
With UPM, Asia Plantation Capital joins forces with the University’s Faculty of Forestry, to provide industrial training for undergraduate students under the Bachelor of Wood Science and Technology programme. The first intern from this faculty will be placed in the Asia Plantation Capital’s research and development (R&D) department at the Johor distillery and research centre. Within this department, the intern will be assisting in production processes, and will participate in the developmental research that has been designed to increase oil-producing resins from agarwood.
Asia Plantation Capital’s partnership with IIUM is specifically with the University’s Kulliyyah (Faculty) of Engineering. With this collaboration, Asia Plantation Capital is opening its Johor facility to provide industrial training for undergraduates from the Biochemical-Biotechnology Engineering programme, who are required to participate in the Engineering Industrial Training (EIT) programme in order to complete their Bachelor’s degree. The first intern from this programme will be assisting in matters relating to inoculation and DNA barcoding of agarwood.
Steve Watts, Asia Plantation Capital’s Chief Executive Officer, Asia Pacific, said, “The objective of industrial training in a university’s undergraduate programme is to allow students to gain first-hand experience of the actual working environment in an organisation within an industry. This is always difficult to achieve within the confines of a university’s premises or in a purely academic setting. Our distillery and research centre in Johor will be a perfect place for these students, not only to experience working life and to learn how, when and where to apply their skills and knowledge, but also to expose them to the environment of an international company in a purpose-built facility. We hope and expect that these students will learn and grow within the three months of their internship with us,” he concluded, “and we encourage more students from UPM and IIUM to join us, see what we’re doing, and benefit from a relationship with us during the course of their industrial training.”
Asia Plantation Capital’s state-of-the-art agarwood distillation and research centre is located in the Masai Industrial Park, Johor, Malaysia, and has been fully operational since early last year. To mark its first anniversary of operations, Asia Plantation Capital will be celebrating with an official opening ceremony of the facility, which will be launched by YB Datuk Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) on the 2nd of June 2016.
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About Asia Plantation Capital
Asia Plantation Capital Berhad in Malaysia is currently investing heavily in the Malaysian plantation sector, developing new plantations and factories for the production of agarwood (gaharu) and other associated products for international export markets. The company is further strengthening its presence in Malaysia by moving its headquarters to downtown Kuala Lumpur, a year after opening Southeast Asia’s biggest agarwood processing factory and distillery in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
The Asia Plantation Capital Group is a multi-award-winning sustainable plantation operator and management company, with projects across four continents, and a global workforce in excess of 2,000. A market leader in the industry, its Scientific Advisory Board is comprised of leading academics from various countries (China, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates), who have, between them, developed and patented industry-leading technologies and systems.
With a focus on commercial plantation projects and vertically integrated businesses that offer a combination of commercial, environmental and community benefits, Asia Plantation Capital has created a successful and dynamic ‘triple bottom line’ company.