November 29, 2019
The Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), located around 300 km to the north of Singapore on the east coast of the country, lies at the heart of the automotive industry of the Southeast Asian state. 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.
Starting on November 17, 2019, the two-day Convocation Ceremony at UMP took place, where about 3,000 UMP students were awarded their degrees by UMP Chancellor Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, Sultan of Pahang and King of Malaysia. Amongst them were 15 Mechatronics and Automotive Engineering graduates respectively of the dual-award Bachelor’s programs offered jointly by UMP and Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. Some of the Malaysian certificates were presented by the Sultan personally, while the German certificates were presented by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maurice Kettner, the program coordinator at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. In addition, prizes of the Karlsruhe chapter of the Association of German Engineers (VDI) were awarded to the best graduates of the programs.
Dual-award Bachelor’s programs: The curriculum follows the example of HsKA
Like their ‘fellow students’ at Karlsruhe, the Malaysian students at UMP register for the joint Bachelor’s program in Mechatronics or Automotive Engineering, which allows them to acquire a Malaysian as well as a German degree.
New dual-award Master’s program “Automotive” as of 2020
As Prof. Dr.-Ing. Maurice Kettner explains, “the enormous success of our joint Bachelor’s program encouraged us to additionally offer a Master’s program, starting in 2020.” On 18 October 2019, the agreement was signed in the city of Munich by the Malaysian Minister of Education, Dr. Maszlee Bin Malik, the Vice Chancellor of UMP, Prof. Ir. Dr. Wan Azhar bin Wan Yusoff, and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Robert Weiß, Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.
On the second day of the Convocation Ceremony at UMP an MoU was signed between UMP and the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MARii), aiming at the state institute’s supporting the dual-award program through scholarships from the automotive industry. These scholarships are to be awarded mainly to engineers wanting to qualify further through attending the Master’s program part-time.