New link-up to help students gain industrial skills

JOHOR BARU: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has inked an agreement with BMW-Asia Technology Centre Sdn Bhd that will see the two parties linking up in teaching and learning.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), UTM's students and staff would have the opportunity to attend a week-long BMW certified course at the automobile company’s centre located at Tanjung Pelepas Port (PTP) in Gelang Patah.

The students would also have the opportunity of having lectures conducted by BMW experts in logistics and supply chain management as well as internship programmes at the headquarters.

UTM (academic and international) deputy vice-chancellor Prof Dr Rose Alinda Alias said the collaboration was timely as the two institutions acknowledged the importance of cooperation through activities in teaching, learning and training.

"BMW emphasises in-demand industrial skills and hands-on practise.

“This programme will provide UTM students and staff with the required skills and knowledge in logistic, warehousing and international business.

"This MoU will provide our students and staff good exposure and help them to become skilled and knowledgeable workers which are in demand by the industry," she told a press conference at UTM here.

Prof Rose added that under the three-year MoU, about 16 students in the first batch will be sent to the BMW Asia Technology Centre.

"However there will be certain requirements and criteria that is needed to be filled by our lecturers which include an age limit of below 40," she said.

Prof Rose pointed out that UTM has more than 2,000 lecturers where about 40% of them are below the age of 40.

"We will choose the ones best suited for the programme with BMW," she said.

Meanwhile, BMW Group of Malaysia managing director and CEO Alan Harris said that UTM staff and students would gain valuable experience through the MoU.

"The centre sends BMW products to more than 22 Asia Pacific countries and this programme is part of our initiative to work closely with the community," he said.

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