|Ceramics Processing Technology|
WAITRO Fellowship Programme in Ceramics Processing Technology
The WAITRO Research Fellowship Programme (WRFP) in Ceramics Processing Technology is a collaboration programme of three organisations: WAITRO, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and SIRIM Berhad, Malaysia. The WRFP held from November 1 to 30, 2010 was hosted by SIRIM Berhad and implemented by its Ceramics Technology Group of the Advanced Materials Research centre in Shah Alam, Selangor.
A total of 14 participants from national Research Centre, Egypt; Building Road Research Institute, Ghana; Indonesian Institute of Science, Indonesia; Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique; Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Nigeria; Industrial Research and Consultancy Centre, Sudan; Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Organization, Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering and Management Sciences, Pakistan; National Institute of Fine Artsand Design, Uzbekistan; Uganda Clays Limited and Uganda Industrial Research Institute, Uganda were selected to undergo the Fellowship Programme.
The prgramme training modules consisted of both theoretical and practical classes on ceramics processing. Eight modules provided include raw fabrication using extruder; roller-head jigger; RAM press and powder press machines; model and mould making; fabrication through slip casting technique; drying and firing as well as glazing and decoration. The material used during the training is stoneware body. Lectures in class were strengthened through practical sessions with additional industrial visits to ceramics factories.
During the earlier part of the programme participants were requested to present their country papers/reports. On the final day, participants presented their learning outcomes through three group presentations. Each participant also presented their proposal for future project realisation in their institution or country.
The collaboration between WAITRO, ISESCO and SIRIM Berhad in holding this Fellowship Programme is another excellent effort to increase the sciences and technology capability in developing countries among WAITRO members and OIC member countries.