Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen, promote and develop academic, cultural and research cooperation. UiTM was represented by its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Emeritus Ir Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim while MARii was represented by its Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Ts. Madani Sahari.
The MoU was signed for extending the collaboration between both parties promoting participation in transforming the Malaysian industry into a globally competitive sector, in particular human capital development and applications of technology to meet industry demands.
“The upcoming review of the National Automotive Policy will look into new technologies in areas of Next Generation Vehicles, Mobility as a Service (Maas) and Industry 4.0 implementation within the industry”, said Dato’ Ts. Madani Sahari.
CEO of MARii, Dato’ Ts. Madani Sahari spoke at the MoU signing ceremony
“Malaysia is aggressively promoting the development of future technologies in the automotive, transportation and overall Mobility sectors. Therefore, UiTM’s capabilities will add a new dimension to MARii’s expert and facilities pool to deliver the needed capacities to drive the Connected Mobility agenda”, he added.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Professor Emeritus Ir Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim, Vice-Chancellor of UiTM agreed that the MoU signing is the first step for many possibilities to further developed and explored especially in the automotive industry.
Professor Emeritus Ir Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim, Vice-Chancellor of UiTM spoke at MoU signing ceremony
Previously, MARii and UiTM have collaborated on joint projects such as the Industry Led Automotive Graduate Apprenticeship Program which enhancing talent of over 1000 engineering students, Automotive Engineering Certificate Engineering (AICE), as well as industry-linked internships and final year projects with automotive companies.
Both parties has worked together in projects such as Ecophoton Solar Car, technology displays at the Malaysia Autoshow, and have recently started development of styling and engineering design programmes for the furniture industry as well as the upcoming International Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering (ICAME) through MARii’s Satellite in Sabah .
The MoU is a significant commitment to UiTM and MARii’s collaborations in the past decade whereby it is the starting point for collaboration between both parties in several new initiatives to promote the automotive and overall mobility industry, including:
- industrial partnership programmes between through consultancy projects in automotive, robotics and Internet of Things;
- establishment of teaching-factory partnerships through shared industrial space and the offering of automotive, robotics and Internet of Things as elective subjects to UiTM students;
- develop post graduate programmes in line with Industry4WRD through MARii’s centers of excellence such as the MARii Design Center, MARii Academy of Technology and the National Emission Test Center (NETC)