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Siemens and Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) Collaborate to Foster Industry-Ready Graduates 

Siemens and the University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) are collaborating to equip undergraduates pursuing Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Electronic Automation degree with Industry 4.0 skills.
Initiated in 2019, this program supports the Malaysian Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education), as outlined in the 11th Malaysia Plan, to produce highly trained workforce that are ready to help industries and companies in Malaysia to embark on the digital transformation journey. 
Prof. Dato’ Dr. Zaliman Sauli, Vice Chancellor, UniMAP said, "As an innovation and technology leader in industrial automation and digitalization, Siemens is a perfect industry partner for UniMAP’s Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Electronic Automation program. By integrating Siemens learning and training materials into our curriculum, we are enhancing the quality of our Degree program and equipping our students with industry-ready skills."
Graduates of this program will earn a bachelor's degree as well as a Siemens Professional Certificate, recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE). In addition, they will go through an extensive one-year internship with automation companies, giving them significant real-life work experience.
As part of the collaboration, Siemens will sponsor the fees of 300 Siemens Professional Certifications for UniMAP students. This enables them to access a program that includes:
- Service and Maintenance Levels 1 and 2, covering hardware and software service and maintenance,
- integration between the controller and remote input/output (I/)O,
- Portal WINCC Machine-Oriented, and
- Siemens' fully integrated automation in the digital enterprise.
This program further emphasizes the importance of standardization of IR4.0, where technology aligns with industry standards.
Tindaro Danze, President & CEO, Siemens Malaysia, stated: “Siemens is committed to enhancing Malaysia's knowledge and implementation of Industry 4.0 technology to support Malaysia in embracing digitalization. Our aim is to ensure that the country’s graduates are proficient in cutting-edge technology and able to tackle the opportunities and challenges with IR4.0.”
To date, 37 graduands have received certifications upon successfully completing their courses through this program. One student from this batch had undergone a one-year internship with Siemens and has since been offered a contract position with Siemens.
Siemens and UniMAP are currently updating the programme to align with the government’s 12th Malaysia Plan.

About UniMAP

UniMAP started as Kolej Universiti Kejuruteraan Utara Malaysia (KUKUM) in 2002 as Malaysia’s 17th Public Institution of Higher Education, focusing specifically on engineering. On the 1st of February 2007, KUKUM was rebranded as Universiti Malaysia Perlis. As one of the four public universities in the Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN), UniMAP has always prioritised theoretical and "hands-on" approaches for teaching and learning and puts focus on electronics and industry-driven research. This aspect differentiates UniMAP from other universities, particularly with its main focus on ensuring UniMAP students are equipped with the ability to operate and handle machines, equipment and new technology in line with the industrial developments and needs.
Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd is a leading technology company with comprehensive products and solutions, and emerging technologies for various markets in the Malaysian economy, under its Digital Industries and Smart Infrastructure businesses. It focuses on the areas of intelligent infrastructure for buildings, grids and distributed energy systems, more resource-efficient factories, resilient supply chains, as well as automation and digitalization in the process and manufacturing industries. The company creates technology with purpose, adding real value for customers. By combining the real and the digital worlds, Siemens empowers its customers to transform their industries and markets, helping them to transform the everyday for Malaysians.
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Nusheena Mohd Shahimi