The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has finally set foot on Malaysian soil! Described as a “world’s first professional engineering body,” the internationally-present ICE has about 200 years overseeing infrastructure-based projects around the world.
After ICE Malaysia established its first office in South East Asia in December 2017, the Bangsar hub now caters to about 1000 local members – some of which are working on high-profile projects such as the MRT and The Second Penang Bridge. The launch of the office was marked with a private ceremony in January 2018 at the Intercontinental Hotel KL.
In light of Budget 2018, and the RM6.5 billion allocated for basic infrastructure, President Robert Mair encourages young engineers to attain membership within the institute in order to gain access to job opportunities outside Malaysia:
“Students are the lifeblood of the engineering world, and here in Malaysia they make up over half of our membership. It is thrilling to see so many of the engineers of tomorrow joining us here today, sharing their enthusiasm. And it is also excellent to see a significant number of Malaysian engineers coming to the UK to pursue their postgraduate studies – in my own university, Cambridge, we have had many top class Malaysian civil engineers.”
“Civil engineers can be proud to say that ours is a profession with a great history of transforming lives. We are the Invisible Superheroes of society. We want to emphasize the power behind what engineers do and engage a public audience of adults and young people, telling the story of how Civil Engineers transformed lives in a major way.”
The ICE President’s speech encouraged civil engineers to tackle current global challenges. Today, as many as 663 million people worldwide still don’t have access to clean drinking water. It is predicated that the population will reach 9 billion by 2050. Civil engineers will need to develop sustainable ways to develop the built environment, and help minimize the impact of climate change.
Find out more about ICE’s Malaysian chapter here.