Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) has identified Germany as a strategic partner, especially in engineering studies, as the country is a leading global innovator in the manufacturing industry and known for being the first country to take measures towards industry 4.0.
In addition, Germany has established TU9, which is an alliance of nine universities of technology that strive to achieve excellence in engineering and artificial sciences in the country through research and knowledge transfer between the medium academia and industry.
Considering this, as well as the EXCEL framework (Experiential Learning and Competency-Based Education Landscape) introduced by the Ministry of Higher Education, a UiTM delegation led by its Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Industry, Community and alumni) Prof Dr Mohamad Hariri Abdullah recently signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic System Design IEM and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) as a representative of universities in the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN).
It was signed with the objective of cooperation in research and development of innovationlabs.my, which plays a role in improving the innovation ecosystem between academia and industry in the development of products and innovation collaboration, according to a press release dated July 15.
Laboratory facilities with “Digital Engineering” workspaces, prototyping technologies, and workshop and training facilities have been open to students, researchers and industry since September 2019, the statement said.
The LoI signing ceremony took place at Fraunhofer IEM’s IoT Experience Center.
In a separate event, UiTM exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Stuttgart, which is one of the TU9s.
As part of their collaboration for the double master’s program and the joint doctoral degree, the two parties will exchange expertise, technology and innovation.
The program is expected to produce graduates who are multidisciplinary, resilient, able to contribute effectively to the country and competitive in local and foreign labor markets. In the statement, the university said it hopes its bilateral university-industry partnership with Germany, which aligns with its aspiration to become a world-class university in 2025, will help increase its visibility.