July 15, 2020
Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) and Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) reinforce their cooperation by extending their joint dual-degree programs in Mechatronics and Automotive Engineering and by establishing a further dual-degree program in Electrical Engineering
Declarations to that effect were signed yesterday by Prof. Dr. Frank Artinger, President of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, and Prof. Dr. Wan Azhar bin Wan Yusoff, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Pahang, in a ceremony conducted online via video conference. The transnational cooperation aims at extending further and promoting the engineering education according to international standards.
Dual-award program: Curriculum following the model of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences
The dual-award programs in Mechatronics and Automotive Engineering, which have been conducted by HsKA’s Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics since 2010, were renewed for another 5 years. The program in Malaysia is based on the curricula of HsKA’s Bachelor’s programs in Mechatronics and Automotive Engineering respectively. The programs include the exchange of teachers and researchers as well as study abroad periods of the Malaysian students in Karlsruhe.
In his speech during the ceremony, HsKA President Prof. Dr. Frank Artinger emphasized the success of the dual-award students and their support. “We are very happy about the great interest in our dual-degree programs. All participants, be they students or teachers, benefit from the exchange and the opportunity to get to know a different culture. Their personal and direct contact is more important than ever in order to overcome prejudices and make friends.”
During the video conference, UMP Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Wan Azhar bin Wan Yusoff pointed out the strategic importance of the cooperation for his university. “Today’s signing ceremony is a further milestone in our ten-year cooperation with Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, thus strengthening our link with a German university. We are very pleased that we have gained HsKA as a strategic partner and are able to benefit from its strong standing in engineering.”
Up until know, 135 UMP students have been awarded the dual degree from both universities, 79 of them in Mechatronics, and 56, in Automotive Engineering. What is more, since 2015 the Association of German Engineers (VDI) has given a special award to selected graduates during the annual convocation ceremony at UMP.
Letter of Intent to establish a new dual-award program in Electrical Engineering
Based on their successful cooperation to date, the two universities are setting out to include other Faculties in their dual-degree programs. The Letter of Intent aims at establishing a new dual-award Bachelor’s program in Electrical Engineering, following the previous model. Incidentally, applicants who have not been able to secure a study place for Mechatronics or Automotive Engineering at HsKA can also apply at UMP.
About Universiti Malaysia Pahang
Founded in 2002 by the Malaysian government, UMP is located in Pahang, the country’s largest federal state on the east coast of the Malaysian peninsula. Approximately 11,000 students can choose from a range of applied study programs in the engineering and technology fields in cooperation with local and international enterprises. The UMP campus has a favorable strategic location in the eastern industrial belt that houses a multitude of international companies in the fields of chemistry, production, automotive, and biotechnology. This is where big national companies such as Proton, Perodua, and Sapura are represented, as well as international companies such as Bosch, Continental, Infineon, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Honda, and Toyota. Currently the introduction of a third Malaysian car manufacturer next to Proton and Perodua is being prepared (“Malaysia’s Third National Car”).