Peninsula Higher Education Pens MoU with Bosch Rexroth to Create Bosch-Certified Industry 4.0 Skills Training Centers across Malaysia
Peninsula Higher Education (PHE) has committed to working with Bosch Rexroth to create Bosch-certified skills training centers across Malaysia, starting with the founding branch Peninsula I4.0 Talent Growth Hub – located at the iconic The Ship Campus in Batu Kawan.
As a leading specialist in the field of drive and control technologies, Bosch Rexroth has accumulated over 200 years of experience which bolsters its position as a pioneer of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) solutions and a competent I4.0 training provider. This collaboration between Bosch Rexroth and PHE aims to accelerate the national I4.0 adoption rate by upskilling the nation through the set-up and provision of training facilities, courses, and a team of Bosch-certified trainers.
Bosch Rexroth will provide the building blocks of this center, including training equipment, technical support, as well as its Modular Mechatronic System (mMS4.0)* syllabus that is tailored to the local market.
For a start, this center aims to offer courses in mechatronics that involve the use of technologies such as manufacturing execution systems (MES), hydraulics, robotics, Internet of Things (IoT) gateways, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) devices, and automated guided vehicles (AGV). The center will continue to expand its course offerings based on demand and contributions from other industry leaders.
In the next 5 years, PHE will invest RM10 million to set up state-of-the-art engineering labs for engineering courses.Peninsula I4.0 Talent Growth Hub is a resource for the manufacturing industry to upgrade its employees with the latest knowledge and skills that I4.0 has to offer.
“This partnership marks the beginning of our vision to create an ecosystem that ensures a sustainable talent pipeline for the industry. At the same time, students will benefit from up-to-date courses, equipment, and quality trainers,” said Prof. Ian Pashby, group president of Peninsula Higher Education.
Staying true to PHE's core mission of prioritizing its graduates’ employability, Prof. Ian Pashby added: “This center is co-created with the industry, for the industry, which aims to set our graduates’ careers up for success and help them fetch better wages.”
“Bosch Rexroth has always been committed to imparting a real-world Industry 4.0 experience to the next generation through educational partnerships like this, which ultimately helps businesses move up the value chain. Together with our education partners, we hope to encourage more companies to upskill their workforce and unleash the region’s potential with Industry 4.0 solutions,” said Michel Gunawan, president, and chief executive officer of Bosch Rexroth ASEAN & Oceania.
From 2011- 2020, the Batu Kawan Industrial Park (BKIP) has received investments from nearly 40 companies. It is now home to local and international companies from sectors such as manufacturing, semiconductor, electrical & electronics (E&E), and medical technology, making it one of the most dynamic industrial hubs in the country. Located at the heart of BKIP, The Ship Campus is well-positioned to be a hub for training, upskilling, and even job matching.
This partnership is in line with Malaysia’s Budget 2022’s emphasis on the importance of I4.0 and technical and vocational education and training (TVET). The government has raised its TVET budget allocation from RM6 billion for 2021 to RM6.6 billion to strengthen and enhance TVET, while RM200 million has been allocated for programs such as the National Dual Training System and industry certification programs. The Peninsula I4.0 Talent Growth Hub will present the TVET community with an attractive avenue for industrial training, especially to companies who are operating in north Malaysia or the wider ASEAN region.
Bosch Rexroth and PHE will now commence defining the training equipment requirements, syllabus design, and work towards establishing The Peninsula I4.0 Talent Growth Hub at The Ship Campus within the next two years.