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MARA-Aerotech and AMIC offers RM 3 million doctoral scholarships for aerospace research in The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

MARA-Aerotech a subsidiary of Majlis Rakyat Amanah (MARA) is offering RM 3 million worth of scholarships and stipends over the next 6 years for doctoral research studies in aerospace research in the Asia Aerospace City Research and Technology Centre (AACRTC) at The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC).

UNMC, MARA Aerospace & Technologies Sdn Bhd (MARA-Aerotech) and Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre (AMIC) signed an agreement today to mark this important partnership at the Singapore Airshow 2016. These scholarships will be used to support doctoral students pursuing aerospace research at UNMC under AACRTC.

“We are proud to work with leaders in the aerospace industry to help create a pool of talents who are highly skilled and knowledgeable in the aerospace industry,” said Professor Graham Kendall, Vice Provost (Research and Knowledge Transfer) of UNMC, at the signing ceremony.

“This is another remarkable achievement of the aerospace research in UNMC, and a further testament of our research capabilities. These scholarships will definitely ‘turbo-charge’ our world-changing research in the area. In particular, we will continue to support the aerospace industries in Malaysia through innovation and technology development,” said Professor Andy Chan, Director of AACRTC, during the ceremony.

AACRTC is an innovation centre dedicated to aerospace research, in particular in the areas of sustainable aviation and factory for the future. It is seeking to increase its access to talents with competence on aerospace related fields. Within the framework of this cooperation, AMIC will provide access to industrial networks, installations and equipment for the purpose of training the identified talents through AACRTC and hence develop the necessary human capital for the development of aerospace industries in Malaysia.

Meanwhile, M-AeroTech, is committed to developing highly qualified human capital with increased employability on the Malaysian and the global aerospace market place. Within the framework of the collaboration, M-AeroTech will sponsor talents, while AMIC and AACRTC will provide the technical training and research capabilities.

As a partner, UNMC is seeking to produce highly qualified talents with strong background in aerospace by providing a conducive research environment for the training and education of the students, encompassing high level teachers and facilities, many of these being present at the UNMC’s AACRTC.

Key industry players such as Rolls Royce and Airbus are actively engaged in this partnership to ensure that these graduates are employable. AACRTC is engaged in a large number of projects and contracts with these major players and all these projects will provide the human capital for the aerospace capacity building for industries in Malaysia, through training of doctoral students.

About AMIC
The Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre is a first of its kind in the region; an industrial research institute lead by aerospace OEMs AIRBUS GROUP and ROLLS-ROYCE providing focused R&T research projects with clear technology-recipients from industry and possessing well-defined route to market.

UNMC's 15th Anniversary
One of the world's truly global universities, with campuses in Malaysia, the UK and China, 2015 marks the 15th year since setting up as UK's first full-fledged international campus in Malaysia and all three campuses continue to enrich the lives of students across the world through global education, ground-breaking research and community engagement.


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and the winner of ‘Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2015. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK by research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for three years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

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Posted on 18th February 2016

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