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Kangan Institute partners with Malaysia Automotive Institute for benefit of industry
27 May 2011
Kangan Institute has joined with the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) to launch a strategic partnership to strengthen economic and business ties between automotive based companies in both countries.
Kangan's International Department was successful in winning a grant though submission to the Malaysia Australia Institute grants program to establish this initial course.
Malaysian Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, said that this pilot program will improve the skilled labour in the automotive sector and is very important to ensure that both countries can compete internationally.
"Students will be exposed to technology, manufacturing processes and new techniques regarding the automotive sector learnt from Kangan Institute," he said.
"The Government is committed to developing the local automotive industry by encouraging the adoption of new technologies, innovation and looking into processes that will enhance the industry's entire ecosystem."
The Australian and Malaysian governments have been in talks since 2009 in order to formulate strategies that would benefit the automotive industries of both countries.
As part of this program, 20 Malaysian trainers from various Malaysian academic and vocational training institutes were carefully selected to participate in the course. Kangan Institute's own Manager and senior trainer from the Automotive Department, Rauno Kael, is delivering the program Kuala Lumpur.
Rauno will help the trainers hone in on their skills by sharing his knowledge and experience from Kangan Institute. In this way, the program will provide trainers with an alternative approach to teaching automotive engineering by offering an insight into different methodologies, communication skills, tools and techniques that have come from Kangan Institute.
Chief Executive Officer of MAI, Madani Sahari, was proud of the direction the program was headed. "This program is part of MAI's plan in developing the industry by constantly enhancing the knowledge and skills of our trainers, which will in turn generate a greater number of skilled workers to expand the automotive industry," he said.
"Kangan Institute is an innovative training course provider and helps over 40,000 graduate's find employment annually. This synergy between MAI and Kangan will produce apprenticeships in key areas as identified by the industry".
The Australian government hopes to see more mutually beneficial partnerships of this nature and welcomes any future proposals of cooperation with Malaysia and other countries in the future.