Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) has further strengthened its strategic cooperation network with the industry when it received a grant of RM445,000 from On Semiconductor Malaysia Sdn Bhd for research and innovation related to the electric vehicle (EV) industry.

UTeM vice-chancellor Prof Dr Massila Kamalrudin said through the exchange of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA), the industry intends to expand the research scope with UTeM researchers with expertise in the EV sector, artificial intelligence (AI) and material science.

“The company will fund research on the effectiveness of silicon carbide in the development of modern integrated circuits.

“It also involves collaboration for research on the use of AI in the semiconductor integrated circuit industry. Both of these projects will run for a year from April 2023 to March next year,” she told reporters at UTeM’s Mahabbah Aidilfitri programme at the university’s main campus in Durian Tunggal here.

The MoA exchange with On Semiconductor Malaysia Sdn Bhd, represented by its deputy president Dluong Ngan Leong, was held in conjunction with the programme and was witnessed by Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Ali Mohd Rustam.

Elaborating, Massila said the collaboration showed the industry’s trust in the university and hoped that it would give positive results to both parties and further help boost the country’s economic development.

Meanwhile, Dluong said funding for silicon carbide research is crucial to advancing electric vehicle technology while increasing environmental compliance using more natural materials.

At today’s event, 103 underprivileged students received a donation of RM300 each to ease their financial burden.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency