With sky-high ambitions to grow its aerospace talent pool, the Malaysian government has just awarded £500,000 (RM three million) worth of scholarships for the next six years.
The scholarships will all support doctoral research students at the Asia Aerospace City Research and Technology Centre (AACRTC) in The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC).
The agreement was signed on Tuesday 16 February at the Singapore Air Show 2016 by UNMC; the funder, MARA-Aerotech, a subsidiary of the government agency which trains Malaysians in industry; and Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre.
“We are proud to work with leaders and players in the aerospace industry to help create a creative pool of talents who are highly skilled and knowledgeable in the area of 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 in UNMC. This scholarship will ‘turbo-charge’ our world-changing research in the area.
“In particular, UNMC will continue to support the aerospace industries in Malaysia through innovation and technology development,” said Professor Andy Chan, Director of AACRTC, during the ceremony.
M-AeroTech-sponsored students will benefit from a cutting-edge research environment and training from leading researchers at AACRTC, which is an aerospace innovation centre focused on sustainable aviation.
Further industrial networks, training and equipment will come from AMIC.
Major industry players such as Rolls Royce and Airbus are engaged in this partnership to ensure the scheme’s graduates are highly-employable the global aerospace market place as well as related industries in Malaysia.
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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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