SIBU, 17 FEBRUARY 2019 – The Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) and the University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) today inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) towards collaboration in research and development in energy efficiency and bridging human capital development at all levels between Peninsula Malaysia and Sarawak.
The MoA solidifies the commitment on both parties to collaborate on the following areas:
To conduct research and development in areas focusing on automotive and overall mobility applications for Sarawak
To increase and enhance the automotive talent and expert pool within the state of Sarawak through cross-exchange of Post graduate research in areas relevant to the automotive industry.
Increasing the critical mass of undergraduates and graduates in Sarawak, equipped with automotive-ready knowledge and skills through programmes conducted by MARii
“This MoA is a significant milestone in optimising the utilisation of expertise and facilities of all stakeholders within the Malaysian automotive fraternity. The inclusion of UCTS in MARii’s extensive network creates an important strategic connection in bridging automotive technology and human capital development throughout the national economic landscape”, explained Dato’ Madani Sahari, MARii’s Chief Executive Officer.
Through the MoA, MARii and UCTS will collaborate in research and development (R&D) programmes towards the development of applications within the automotive and overall mobility sectors, including the application of robotics and IoT. These projects are expected to also generate spin-off technology that can be applied to other sectors within the Sarawak state, such as smart plantations, tourism analytics, forest monitoring, and swamp assessment.
The MoA kicks off with the immediate collaboration on the development of Malaysia Driving Cycle Phase III for Sarawak.
The Malaysian Driving Cycle is a standard driving set that simulates the conditions of driving scenarios within the numerous topology and landscapes in Malaysia. It allows for standardised testing procedures to be then conducted in a controlled emissions lab, based on conditions that reflect Malaysian energy use in the transportation sector.
To develop the MDC, the driving conditions are based on actual driving cycle data collected across the country. Phase 1 and 2 of data collection have been completed for the Klang Valley and Peninsula Malaysia, respectively.
Through this MoA, MARii and UCTS will collaborate on Phase 3 – the collection of driving cycle data in Sarawak.
“The completion of the MDC data collection throughout Malaysia will enable more accurate decision making and policy formulation in making Malaysia an EEV hub for the region, in line with the National Automotive Policy (NAP)”, Dato’ Madani added.
“We are very grateful indeed to MARii for their trust and confidence in UCTS to conduct the research on Malaysian Driving Cycle. UCTS will be the centre for such research in Sarawak. This is another great achievement for UCTS as a TVET university to be part and at the forefront of an important research that will contribute to the innovative progress of the automotive industry and Industrial Revolution 4.0 in Malaysia” , said Prof Datuk Dr Khairuddin Ab. Hamid, UCTS’s Vice Chancellor.
MARii and UCTS will also collaborate on research and development (R&D) and the exchange of expertise in developing a larger talent pool of automotive expertise and talent, to enhance the competitiveness of the automotive industry in line with the NAP as well as the National Policy on Industry 4.0 (Industry4WRD).
Through the MARii-UCTS MoA, the two parties will work together to establish research projects in collaboration with industry players through post graduate scholarship programmes under the UCTS Center of Excellence.
“The Joint Postgraduate scholarship will indirectly improve the number of Master students in Engineering. The Joint scholarship not only provides opportunity for students to pursue their studies at a higher level but also exposed them to the real world, create networking and provide value added to their qualification and indirectly will contribute to graduate employability and relevance to the industry” , said Prof Datuk Dr Khairuddin Ab.
At the same time, UCTS undergraduates will be part of MARii’s Industry Led Graduate Apprenticeship Programme, a capacity building programme designed to develop the necessary knowledge, skills and personal characters of undergraduates to be industry-ready upon graduation. The students will also enroll in the UCTS Corporate Talent Development Scheme (CTD) in collaboration with MARii.
The programmes above reach all levels of qualification and are based on specific human capital requirements to supplement the automotive industry towards Industry 4.0 readiness, which is expected to demand new competencies in careers such as data scientists, full stack engineers, drive test engineers, user experience designers and content creators.
“Under the MOA, there will be three joined activities between UCTS and MARii – Research, Joint Postgraduate Scholarship and Undergraduate Student Apprenticeship, through MARii financial and in-kind contribution that includes facilities and experts for research and student apprenticeship.”added Prof Dr Salfarina Binti Abdul Gapor, Director of UCTS Centre for Research & Development.