Malaysia to Set Up Transport Innovation Centre in Kuching

Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) and Swinburne University of Technology’s collaborative research partnership will include a joint Transport Innovation Centre (TIC).

The centre will be housed in Swinburne Melbourne; with a node at Swinburne Sarawak Campus which will start its implementation on Sept 1, said MAI chief executive officer Dato Madani Sahari.

“We have RM2 million committed, minimum, to kick- start the centre (in Sarawak),” he said at a press conference after the signing of the collaborative research agreement between MAI and Swinburne yesterday.

He added that the centre would aim to become the leading collaborative transport research and innovation organisation in the country and provide transnational research outcomes in the uptake of novel transport solutions and industrial spin-offs in Sarawak, Sabah, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Mindanao and other Asean regions.

The node centre would focus on developing novel solutions to a range of regional problems related to transportation, energy storage and personal mobility.

He addded that the TIC would become a catalyst for the industrialisation of the research projects and in turn, create more high-skilled jobs and turn Kuching into a centerpiece of technology in the years to come.

The project would also be a crucial part of enhancing the economic prowess of Sarawak and turning Kuching into a technology hub, said Madani.

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