INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY (LJMU) AND INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF AUTOMOTIVE (ICAM)
Kuala Lumpur, 9 February, - International College of Automotive (ICAM), a member of DRB HICOM Berhad today signed an International Collaborative Agreement with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to conduct 2+1 twinning programme for B.Eng. (Hons) Manufacturing Systems Engineering on franchise basis. Under this programme, students will complete their initial two (2) years at ICAM before progressing to LJMU in United Kingdom for their final year.
The Group Managing Director of DRB-HICOM Berhad, Dato’ Sri Hj Mohd Khamil bin Jamil said, “This collaboration is part of a well-planned roadmap that we have developed to expedite the process of upgrading ICAM to university status. By providing quality education that combines knowledge and industry experience, ICAM will move closer to its vision of becoming the leader in automotive education. This in turn will support the Group’s efforts to uplift the whole value chain of the automotive industry. And as the nation’s leading corporation in the automotive sector, this collaboration further underscores our commitment to play an active role in realising the nation’s aspiration of creating a knowledgeable and skilful workforce.”
This partnership is a platform for sharing of experience and for ICAM to leverage on LJMU’s proven systems and methods in developing home grown degree programmes. It will prepare the academic staff with the essentials in order for ICAM to be upgraded to a university college and subsequently to university status. This partnership will enable ICAM to expedite its upgrading exercise to university college status earlier than 5 years.
The minimum entry requirements for the 2+1 twinning degree programme are:
a) Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) accredited Diploma including ICAM’s Diploma could be considered for entry to Level 5 (Year 2) of LJMU’s twinning programme; or
b) ‘A’ Level or Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia (STPM) or Canadian Pre-University (CPU) examination.
In addition all applying students must have an IELTS score of 6 or equivalent.
ICAM which was established in April 2010 currently offers six (6) Diploma programmes, with another two programmes targeted to commence in March 2012. The establishment of ICAM is in line with the aspirations under the Government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) which among others, aims to increase the number of highly-skilled workers to fulfill the demand of the industry and a high-income nation. According to Dato’ Sri Mohd Khamil, “DRB HICOM is involved in the entire value chain of the automotive industry. It falls upon the shoulders of ICAM to shape and produce future leaders and capable executives in the automotive industry. ICAM prides itself as the automotive college that is established for the industry from the industry. It is designed to provide engineering and technology courses as well business and management courses related to the automotive industry. ICAM’s graduates will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the needs of the automotive industry and elevate Malaysia’s future position in the global automotive market.
ICAM’s presence at DRB-HICOM Automotive Complex in Pekan, Pahang will further strengthen Pekan’s position as an important automotive hub in the country. DRB-HICOM is already constructing a full-fledged permanent campus on a 43-acre land in Pekan that will also support its current and future Group’s training needs. This campus will also house an innovation centre. The facilities are estimated at RM380.0 million and are expected to be completed in phases. The first phase is targeted for completion in June 2013. When fully completed, ICAM campus will be able to accommodate 5,000 students.
Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) is an established university for teaching and application oriented research. It was ranked Top 20 University for General Engineering and Top 25 University for Mechanical Engineering in United Kingdom by Times Good University Guide 2010. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 90% of its research was rated international to world leading excellence in General Engineering and Electrical Electronic Engineering.