Volkswagen Group Malaysia (VGM) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP). The MoU between the world’s biggest automotive brand and one of Malaysia’s leading technical universities is aimed at development programmes for boosting the advancement of education, research and technology (particularly in autotronics i.e. modern automotive technology), and job skills.
This collaboration will see both parties working together to connect the automotive industry with academic developments and research. It will also pave the way for various programmes such an exchange of staff, academic material as well as exploring the possibilities to further advance the technical, engineering and vocational education (TVET), especially with students from the electronic and programming streams.
The Agreement was signed by UMP’s Vice Chancellor Professor, Dato’ Sri Dr. Daing Nasir Ibrahim and VGM’s Pekan Plant Manager, Danny Auerswald in a ceremony held at UPM’s Pekan campus. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Deputy Dean Associate Professor of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing (FKMP), Dr. Nik Mohd Zuki Nik Mohamed. VGM and Pekan Volkswagen Head of Pilot Hall, Nor Hayati Othman.
VGM will be sharing its expertise, resources and knowledge on German engineering and its technological expertise. As part of the agreement, the Volkswagen Pekan Plant will be offering UMP students internship placements as well as access to the plant to broaden their practical understanding of what is learnt in the classroom. There will also be workshops on new technology and research findings. The Pekan plant currently assembles four models sold in Malaysia i.e. Polo, Vento, Passat, and Tiguan, alongside the imported Beetle and Golf range.
“We are very pleased to partner with UMP and we are looking forward to working closely with the students in recognising their talents and hard work. Talent cultivation is something that is actively practiced at Volkswagen AG, and it is great that we are able to be working with local students for this. We are confident that the students at UMP will have plenty to learn and benefit from this collaboration,” said Danny Auerswald.
In his speech, Professor Dato’ Sri Dr Daing Nasir said UMP was listed in the rating of the QS World University by Subject Ranking 2019 for its Mechanical, Aeronautical, Manufacturing, Chemical Engineering and Technology programmes. These achievements simply highlighted UMP’s excellence in teaching and learning in various technical and technology aspects, he added.
Professor Dato’ Sri Dr. Daing Nasir said this partnership would help establish a sustainable collaboration with VGM in the areas of vocational automotive engineering. This would help facilite UMP students when seeking industrial training or job placements.
UMP offers world-class engineering programmes, the dual-degree programme and the dual-masters’ degree programme, with Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) and Reutlingen University (RU).