Halliburton is supporting students in Malaysia that hope to pursue careers in the oil and gas industry after the US oilfield services giant handed a software grant to Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP).

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The three-year donation will see students provided access to Halliburton Landmark’s patented DecisionSpace suite of exploration and production software so that students “can bridge the gap between academic coursework and practical application”, the Houston-based player said.

DecisionSpace is a Cloud-based subscription service for exploration and production applications.

“The grant also facilitates the Halliburton Science and Technology for Exploration & Production Solutions (STEPS) programme which offers students the opportunity to conduct a research project while receiving industry-relevant training and mentorship,” it added, with two UTP graduates to participate in the programme.

Halliburton will also deliver adjunct lectures on topics including drilling, production, field development and data science.

“We believe learning is most effective when students collaborate with experienced practitioners and utilise cutting-edge technologies to broaden their knowledge and cultivate new skills,” said Rao Abdullah, Halliburton’s vice president of business development and national oil companies in Asia Pacific.