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University reinforces Malaysia partnership at aerospace event


March 20 2015


The partnership between Glyndŵr University and a giant of education and engineering in Malaysia goes from strength to strength.

The Wrexham University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Asia Aerospace City (AAC) - an economic and educational hub created by M-AeroTech for the Malaysian government agency Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) - at last summer’s Farnborough International Airshow.

The two organisations met again this week to discuss the agreement at the LIMA (Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace) exhibition in Malaysia, coinciding with the graduation of 17 MARA-sponsored students at the north east Wales University.

A further 30 MARA students will join Glyndŵr University in May, with more set to arrive in September to study engineering.

To complement these developments an existing collaboration between the University, AAC and BAE Systems, also signed at Farnborough, has seen the triumvirate progress a training programme-development scheme in support of the Malaysian government’s employability skills strategy.

Glyndŵr University’s interim Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Upton, paid tribute to the partnership and said the bond between the Welsh institution and MARA will grow even stronger in the future.

“The relationship we have with MARA is one that we value greatly,” said Professor Upton.

“We are working together not only to educate and train future generations of engineers, but to produce research and expertise that will add value to both the university and the Asia Aerospace City project as we move forward.

“There are exciting plans in the pipeline for engineering at Glyndŵr University, and with MARA at our side we are in a prime position to capitalise on these opportunities, creating jobs and ultimately having a positive impact on the economies of both North Wales and Malaysia.”

He added: “Glyndŵr University is in a period of positive transition and we are looking to lay new foundations and even stronger links with industry.

“The collaborative agreements we already have in place, which will be strengthened at the LIMA exhibition, will only support that growth.”

Zulfikri Osman, CEO of M-AeroTech, echoed those words and said the relationship with Glyndŵr University is vital to AAC going forward.

“MARA is committed to ensure that the Professional Development Program that we have with Glyndŵr University is the solution to bridge the talent-industry gap,” he said.

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