MARii and UMP in smart partnership programmes related to new NAP

The MoU outlined collaborations in research, academic, student exchange programmes and dual degree programmes


MALAYSIA Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) and Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for smart partnership programmes related to the new National Automotive Policy (NAP) yesterday.

The MoU outlined collaborations in research, academic, student exchange programmes and dual degree programmes that would pave the way for the establishment of smart partnerships in knowledge sharing between both parties.

Although the new NAP has yet to be announced by the government, MARii CEO Datuk Madani Sahari (picture) said the MoU is a part of it.

“The programme is something that we have been discussing with UMP for the last six months or so and it’s very important, the reason being is in the NAP, the focus on mobility as a service is one of the key elements of the implementation.

“It presents great opportunities that come with challenges and the main challenge is the ability for Malaysians to research, develop and commercialise things that are related to Internet of Things (IoT) within the automotive industry,” he said in a press conference yesterday.

When asked why the NAP is not announced yet, Madani said the government is still fine-tuning some last minute adjustments due to the scope of the policy.

“Many people think the NAP is ‘NAP 2019’ so they think it should be announced earlier in 2019, but the truth is the last NAP was in 2014 and it has only been five years down the road.

“Policy shouldn’t be changed that frequent, so, this coming NAP is going to last until 2030. For the first time, the government is extending the policy from 2019 to 2030 which is 11 years of implementation,” he said.

He also said the government wants to ensure the new NAP is thorough enough to cover the implementation period.

“I’m still not sure if it will still be called ‘NAP 2019’, there might be some changes to the name, but the content of the NAP has been fixed and what we are doing today is an immediate implementation of it (the new NAP),” he said. The MoU will introduce a dual degree master of automotive engineering programme at MARii Academy of Technology in Rawang, Selangor.

The programme provides courses on topics like electrification of drivetrains, artificial intelligence processes in automation, battery system for modern drives, bus systems and diagnosis protocol and numerous areas related to automotive engineering.

It will enroll 15 students, specifically those who have work experience in the industry — such as making and producing cars — to begin their studies in February next year.

The students will be taught by experienced professors from Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) and UMP.

Students will get the opportunity to conduct their final projects under the supervision of German professors in Malaysia or Germany.

Upon completion of their study, students will be awarded two master degrees, one from UMP and the latter from HsKA. UMP has been collaborating with HsKA for ten years, offering a dual degree programme for automotive engineering since 2012.

To date, UMP has produced 57 automotive engineering dual degree graduates, many of them working with German multinational companies, while others are undergoing their masters degree with full scholarships from German institutions.