Setting sail for new horizons

(From left) Prof Dr Ian Pashby, Tio, Gunawan and Bosch Rexroth Malaysia factory head Dr Maksim Sonnykh showing the MoU after the signing ceremony between Peninsula Higher Education and Bosch Rexroth at The Ship campus in Batu Kawan.

IN efforts to accelerate the national Industry 4.0 rate, Peninsula Higher Education (PHE) is collaborating with Bosch Rexroth to create Bosch-certified skill training centres across Malaysia.

This will begin with the founding branch of Peninsula I4.0 Talent Growth Hub at The Ship campus located in Batu Kawan Industrial Park, Penang.

The campus, which began operating this year, will offer courses in mechatronics involving the use of technologies.

The technologies include manufacturing execution systems, hydraulics, robotics, Internet of Things gateways and Radio Frequency Identification devices.

Peninsula Higher Education Sdn Bhd director Datuk Seri Michael Tio said that with time, the campus would expand its courses based on demand and contributions from other industry leaders.

“Peninsula I4.0 Talent Growth Hub will become a resource for the manufacturing industry in Malaysia and the Asean region to upskill their employees for I4.0.

“In the next five years, PHE will invest RM10mil to set up state-of-the-art labs for engineering courses.

“As a leading specialist in drive and control technology, Bosch Rexroth will provide the building blocks of this centre including technical support and its Modular Mechatronic System syllabus that is tailored to the local market,” he said.

Tio, who was at the campus on Thursday with industry representatives, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Bosch Rexroth.

Bosch Rexroth, part of the Bosch Group, is one of the world’s oldest technology companies with a 225-year history.

A technology and market leader for drive and control, it addresses manufacturers’ pain points by providing automation and innovative solutions, driving digitalisation and sustainability in machines and systems.

Bosch Rexroth Asean and Oceania president and chief executive officer Michel Gunawan, who penned the MoU, said the collaboration aimed to accelerate the I4.0 adoption rate by upskilling the nation.

“This will be done through the provision of training facilities, courses and a team of Bosch-certified trainers.

“Bosch Rexroth has always been committed to imparting a real-world I4.0 experience to the next generation through educational partnerships like this.

“This will ultimately help businesses move up the value chain,” he said.

Gunawan encouraged more companies to upskill the workforce and unleash the region’s potential with I4.0 solutions.

PHE group president Prof Dr Ian Pashby, who was present, said the partnership marked a beginning to creating an eco-system that ensures a sustainable talent pipeline for the industry.

“This can easily be one of the most unique opportunities for our talents, especially with the location of a campus amid an industrial park.

“This centre is co-created with the industry and for the industry to set our graduates up for success and to help them fetch better wages.

“At the same time, they will benefit from up-to-date courses, equipment and quality trainers,” he added.

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