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MUAR, Sept 12 -- Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) through its Engineering Technology Faculty (FTK) is currently focusing on three main fields, namely, automotive technology, rail industry and bamboo research towards producing more skilled workers and becoming a catalyst for the country’s economic growth.
UTHM provost Assoc. Prof. Ts Dr Mohd Kamarulzaki Mustafa said at the same time, the university also encouraged its students to venture into business so that after completing their studies, they could become smart entrepreneurs who leverage technology.
“In addition, the university is undertaking corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities like providing local residents the opportunity to obtain vehicle maintenance services from students at a reasonable cost.
“Through automotive technology, the students are exposed to maintenance work such as engine oil change, vehicle and dyno diagnosis to see the performance of vehicles, as well as going down to the field through CSR activities,” he told Bernama when met recently.
Meanwhile, the FTK’s Transportation Engineering Technology Department head, Dr Mimi Faisyalini Ramli said UTHM was fortunate to be the first university to offer the Bachelor’s Degree of Engineering Technology in Rail Transportation with Honours in the country.
She said the introduction of the programme was in line with UTHM’s objective of producing skilled workers to meet the demand of the rail industry, seen to have potential in the land public transport industry which was now growing rapidly.
“Our country actually lacks skilled workers in the rail engineering field until we have to import foreign manpower. So, with this specialisation, we will be able to make dynamic changes in facing future challenges,” she added.
Head of UTHM’s Bamboo Research Centre (BambooRC), Ts Dr Mohd Nazrul Roslan, meanwhile, said the centre was in the midst of developing new technology through the bamboo fibre extraction process.
He said this was aimed at further developing the bamboo technology and at the same time, diversifying the fibre-based products to offer a new alternative source of commodity in Malaysia.
“The production of bamboo fibre for this university starts from a bamboo plantation of almost one hectare, to the production of downstream products from bamboo fibre such as for sound and heat insulation, filtration, landscape products, building materials, geotextile and textile products,” he added.
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