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Collaboration with HsKA (Germany)

Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), one of the earlier technical university in Malaysia, with the blessing and support of the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia has taken a bold step of forging a collaboration with Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) to offer an offshore double degree BSc Automotive Engineering Program in Malaysia. HsKA is the largest university of applied sciences in the State of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, offering both academic and professional higher education study programmes in engineering sciences, natural sciences, and business. HsKA  has a wide range of courses on campus respected in the industry and academia and ranked among the top Universities of Applied Sciences or Fachhochschule in Germany with especially strong mechanical, electrical engineering, IT and Engineering with Business Studies programs. The university is also home to one of Germany's most successful research oriented International Master of Science degree program in Sensor Systems Technology accredited by German Accreditation Agency for Study Programs in Engineering, Informatics, Natural Sciences and Mathematics and awarded the Quality Seals of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Study Programmes in Germany and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It has an enrolment of more than 6,000 students and taught by more than 150 full-time faculty and 300 part-time faculty whilst supported by some 200 technical and administrative staff.

The double degree program to start in September 2011 is offered to 30 fully-sponsored outstanding students per semester intake over a duration of four and a half years to fulfill the required 139 credits in conjunction with the existing BSc Mechanical Engineering Degree with Automotive in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (FKM) UMP, Pekan in Pahang.  FKM has a proven credential since its inception in 2004 and the recent three-year approval from the Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) in August 2010 is a testimony of its manifestation. It is a recognized support entity to the automotive industries in the neighborhood including big names like Daimler Chrysler, Isuzu and DRB-Hikom in which it can boast its anacoic chamber, one of a kind in the region to run high end research in automotive performance and a host of other facilities in its 19 labs facilities. It has an enrolment of 1,200 students in 8 programs at baccalaureate and post graduate with the strength of 100 teaching staff. The classes are in English except in specific curriculum and conducted by senior members with doctorates from both UMP and HsKA and the students will have a uniqueness of exposure to German language in engineering and industrial practice. Upon completion the graduate will be awarded a degree in automotive engineering from UMP and another from HsKA. Hence, the graduates with sound technical knowledge and interpersonal skills, will be highly sought after by employers from multinational companies and have the option of working locally and abroad.

Projected Student Enrolment

The first student intake is scheduled for the incoming 2011/2012 academic session. The number of students for the first intake is 30 students. Subsequently, the number of student intake will be increased up to 60 students per intake.

Student Entry Qualifications

Qualified students for the proposed programme are expected to come from three different qualifications. The qualifications are:

  1. A Level
  2. Matriculation
  3. SijilTinggiPelajaran Malaysia (STPM)

1. From A Level

  • Pass at minimum of A-Level 10 points with subjects of Mathematics, Chemical and Physics.
  • Student must not colour blind and must be able to perform laboratorypractical without difficulties.

2. From Matriculation / Equivalent level.

  • Pass KPM Matriculation with minimum CGPA of 3.50with subjects of Mathematics/ Engineering Mathematics, Chemical/ Engineering Chemical and Physics/ Engineering Physics.
  • Student must not colour blind and must be able to perform laboratorypractical without difficulties.

3. From STPM / Equivalent level

  • Pass STPM with minimum CGPA of 3.50 with subjects of Mathematics T/ Further Mathematics T, Chemical and Physics.
  • Student must not colour blind and must be able to perform laboratorypractical without difficulties.

Characteristics of the Proposed Dual-Degree Programme

The proposed collaboration programme is designed for 9 semesters with one full semester is dedicated for an industrial training.

Among the important characteristics are:

  • Teaching Staffs from HsKA and UMP must havedoctorate degree and a minimum of 5 years industrial experience.
  • Strong industrial-based project and bachelor thesis.
  • Students shall possess a German language proficiency of at least C1.