KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 (Bernama) — Malaysia embarks on a new initiative to scale up its aerospace industry’s capacity today as Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC) brings together researchers from Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), and M-AeroTech’s consortium members namely Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (UniKL-MIAT), Kolej Kemahiran Tinggi MARA (KKTM) Melaka and German-Malaysian Institute (GMI) to sign an Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on an innovative training project that uses Virtual Reality as its core component under the Virtual Reality Immersive System Training for Aerospace Manufacturing (VIRISTAM) programme.
This is in line with one of AMIC objectives; providing a platform to expose Malaysian scientists to global level Research and Technology (R&T) activities. The local researchers will be connected with global industry’s experts from Airbus Helicopter, CTRM and Spirit AeroSystems through AMIC’s lead members and global technical network. Once completed, the VIRISTAM will become part of the modern component of MARA’s Professional Development Centre (PDC) in Asia Aerospace City, Subang that will offer the industry players with an alternative solution compared to the conventional training method.
On the importance of this initiative, En Shamsul Kamar Abu Samah, CEO of AMIC said, “I would like to iterate that close collaboration and smart partnership between the industry players, universities and research institutes are the key success factors to develop a vibrant eco-system for Malaysian aerospace industry. While the industry players are struggling to equip their technical workforce with the necessary knowledge and skills based on their current manufacturing processes; the requirement to capture new competencies is rapidly increasing.”
The project earmarks another milestone on industry-academia research collaboration as per the National Aerospace Blueprint 1997 recommendations. Formulation on the new Blueprint which will be in effect in 2015 is underway by the Malaysian Industry-Government Group For High Technology (MIGHT) and foreseen to position aerospace R&T in a major role in ensuring the competitiveness of Malaysia’s aerospace industry at the global level.
AEROSPACE MALAYSIA INNOVATION CENTRE (AMIC) was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee, on 16th May 2011. AMIC was developed and championed by the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT). AMIC is an innovative model to improve the commercial success of aerospace research and development projects in Malaysia by providing impactful platform to connect Malaysian scientists to global level Research and Technology activities. The centre encourages R&D spending specifically by pairing industry-driven R&D projects with matching funding from universities and Government in public-private global partnerships. Research projects are spearheaded by founding lead members Airbus Group, Rolls Royce and CTRM. All research works will be derived, evaluated, and managed by prominent industry experts. ( http://www.amic.my/)
SOURCE : Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MGHT).
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