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MoU Signed With TWI and Universiti Sains Malaysia

Mon, 12 September, 2022

Penang, Malaysia - TWI Ltd and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) towards a brand new centre for the NSIRC International programme.

Together, TWI and USM will found NSIRC Malaysia, bringing industry focused postgraduate academia to a new international location.

NSIRC Malaysia - A new partnership between TWI, LRF and USM

Signing the MoU on behalf of TWI was Professor Tat-Hean Gan, TWI Innovation and Skills Director and Director of NSIRC. While on behalf of USM, Associate Professor Dr Ahmad Zulfaa Mohamed Kassim, Dean of the School of Aerospace Engineering, who said that new agreement would play vital role in training students to succeed in engineering careers that were rapidly digitalising.

Dr Ahmad Zulfaa Mohamed Kassim said, “I am thankful that we have managed to work together in a brilliant manner as TWI is known as the world’s foremost independent research and technology organisation, with the expertise in materials joining and engineering processes.”

“…Through this MoU, both institutions will be embracing everything, from research and development, specification and prototyping, to commissioning, installation and training.”

Speaking on behalf of TWI, Professor Tat-Hean Gan said, “We are very pleased to sign this latest MoU in a series towards the expansion of NSIRC and we look forward with great anticipation, to working with USM students and academics on technology challenges that will enhance career opportunities, as well as protect lives, livelihoods, properties and assets across the Malaysian society."

Dr. Ahmad Zulfaa Mohamed Kassim (left), Dr Tat-Hean Gan (right). Photo: Muhammad Taufik Abdul Rahman / USM
Dr. Ahmad Zulfaa Mohamed Kassim (left), Dr Tat-Hean Gan (right). Photo: Muhammad Taufik Abdul Rahman / USM

NSIRC Malaysia will receives vital support from the Lloyd's Register Foundation (LRF), a founding partner of NSIRC in the UK, alongside TWI, Brunel University London and bp.

LRF funding and industrial expertise will support PhD Studentships that complement LRF’s technology priorities. These focus on engineering innovation that will make the world a safer place to live and work.

What is NSIRC Malaysia in a nutshell...?

NSIRC Malaysia will be the third international centre of NSIRC to be founded since June 2022, following in the footsteps of MoU’s with Parahyangan Catholic University (NSIRC Indonesia), and King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok (NSIRC Thailand).

Founded in the United Kingdom in 2012 after a call from government for more industry-led academia, NSIRC created a successful postgraduate programmes based within industry at the research headquarters of TWI Ltd in Cambridge.

Since opening it’s doors, NSIRC has had over 500 postgraduate students join the centre, including over 180 PhD students, cumulatively producing more than 500 years of PhD research, all of which has been based on real technology challenges facing global industries.

Thanks to the strong industry connections of TWI and their industrial members companies (including, Aramco, ADNOC, Rolls-Royce, BMW, EDF Energy, Siemens and many more) as well as the insight of LRF and their technology experts, NSIRC Malaysia and it’s students will be able to create research with a range of impacts, complimenting the needs of industry and academic ambition of USM.

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