MARii and UiTM to collaborate on R&D, talent network

The Malaysia Automotive Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen, promote and develop academic, cultural and research cooperation. UiTM was represented by its vice-chancellor, emeritus professor Mohd Azraai Kassim while MARii was represented by its CEO Datuk Madani Sahari.

The MoU will see both parties promoting participation in transforming the Malaysian industry into a globally competitive sector, particularly in the areas of human capital development and application of technology to meet industry demands.

“The upcoming review of the National Automotive Policy will look into new technologies in areas of Next Generation Vehicles, Mobility as a Service (Maas) and Industry 4.0 implementation. Malaysia is aggressively promoting the development of future technologies in the automotive, transportation and overall mobility sectors. Therefore, UiTM’s capabilities will add a new dimension to MARii’s expert and facilities pool to deliver the needed capacities to drive the ‘Connected Mobility’ agenda,” Madani said.

Prof Azraai said that the collaboration will lead towards establishing the first UiTM–MARii Satellite Node, the country’s first MARii Satellite in a university, located at the UiTM’s faculty of mechanical engineering.

“These industry connections and partnerships are essential in ensuring that UiTM’s research and innovations remain impactful and are commercially viable to the industry and community. The solutions we produce must be of practical use to resolve relevant concerns,” he stressed.

With the signing of the MoU, both parties will further discuss new collaborations including industrial partnership programmes through consultancy projects in automotive, robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT); the establishment of teaching-factory partnerships through shared industrial space and the offering of automotive, robotics and IoT as elective subjects; and the development of post graduate programmes through MARii’s centres of excellence.

UiTM is no stranger to cars. It was the winner of Perodua Eco Challenge 2017 and four faculties from the university came up with the AVII, a test-bed for autonomous driving research that was displayed at KLIMS 2018, among other efforts.

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