SINGAPORE, Feb 17 (Bernama) — Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC) and MARA Aerospace & Technologies Sdn Bhd join hands with University of Nottingham to produce more highly skilled workers as well as experts and researchers for the aerospace industry.
AMIC Chief Executive Officer Shamsul Kamar Abu Samah said the collaboration agreement among the parties would lead to exchange of knowledge and expertise in certain areas of the aerospace industry.
“We want to develop human capital in aerospace and technology. We also want to expose our local talents and expertise to the aerospace’s global landscape in research and technology,” he told Bernama on the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow 2016 at the Changi Exhibition Centre, here today.
Earlier, he signed a five-year collaboration agreement with University of Nottingham as well as MARA Aerospace & Technologies for knowledge transfer and exchange of expertise.
Also present was Md Silmi Abd Rahman, Director of Transport, Logistics, Machinery and Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO)/Europe Trade and Services Promotion Division of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation.
Shamsul Kamar said University of Nottingham was well known for its capabilities in the global aerospace industry and Malaysian researchers could deepen their knowledge by working together with their counterparts.
“Advanced manufacturing, advanced machining and advanced composite are the specialised areas or fields that we are looking at. Currently, we are working on research topics that can be further explored by our Master’s and PhD students when pursue their studies there,” he said.
The first batch of the students are expected to start next year.
With the rapid development in the aerospace industry, about 5,000 highly skilled workers are needed to cater to the demands of the aerospace market.
Malaysia’s aerospace manufacturing garners about RM3.5 billion in revenue, of which the bulk comes from aero structures for notable global aircraft manufacturers.— BERNAMA