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Glyndwr university partnership to develop new ‘aerospace city’ in Malaysia

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A partnership between Glyndŵr University and a giant of education overseas will spearhead a revolutionary new ‘aerospace city’ in Malaysia.

The Wrexham University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Asia Aerospace City (AAC), an economic and educational hub created by the Malaysian government agency Majlis Amanh Rakyat, to connect industry leaders through high quality engineering services, iconic infrastructure and national support.

Known as MARA, the agency will join Glyndŵr University in collaborating on the Professional Development Centre (PDC) Programme - one of six business offerings within AAC*

Another major signing that took place at the air show was a MoU between AAC, Glyndŵr and BAE Systems on industrial collaboration for training programme-development and industrial research.

Glyndŵr also plans to open an engineering campus in Malaysia, to support the Malaysian government’s strategy and its “employability skills programme” with industrial partners over the next two years.

AAC Executive Director, En.Zulfikri Osman , said:“Asia Aerospace City is a complete business ecosystem, a synergy of human capital capabilities, excellent engineering services supported by a strong innovation culture.

“It transcends the current aerospace value chain proposition of various infrastructural models around Asia, towards a knowledge-based, highly trained services capability business, which serves as the nucleus for the future developments in aerospace industry globally.

“That is why our investment focuses on people too, not just technology and infrastructure, in positioning AAC as ‘the’ aerospace hub in Asia.”

Witnessing the signing ceremonies were Tan Sri Amirsham Abdul Aziz, Chairman of Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) and His Excellency Dato' Ahmad Rasidi Hazizi, The High Commissioner of Malaysia to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland together with Edwina Hart, Welsh Government Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science.

Glyndŵr University Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Scott, was also in attendance and paid tribute to the existing bond between the Welsh institution and MARA.

“We already work closely with MARA and train Malaysian engineering students on our campus in Wrexham, but this partnership takes that agreement to a whole new level,” said Prof Scott.

“It is a relationship we value greatly, and one that will play a big part in the future of the University.
“There are major plans in the pipeline for engineering at Glyndŵr, and with us now placed in the top three universities in Wales, having recorded the country’s highest levels of student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide, we are in a great position to capitalise on these opportunities.”
He added: “The relationships we have secured at Farnborough Air Show will play a big part in the University’s role as a provider of top-class education with world class partners.”

*Subject to Glyndŵr University maintaining its Highly Trusted Sponsor status with the UK Visas and Immigration service (UKVI).

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