KUALA LUMPUR: The International College of Automotive (ICAM), a member of the DRB-Hicom Group, has been conferred university status by the Ministry of Higher Education.
Its new name is DRB-Hicom University of Automotive Malaysia.
With the upgrade, DRB-Hicom University of Automotive Malaysia is now among the first in Asean to offer home-grown bachelor, master and doctoral degree programmes relating to the automotive ecosystem, which includes mechanical, business and management studies.
"This elevation into becoming a full-fledged university marks a significant milestone for its growing stature as a leading institution of higher learning in the region," DRB-Hicom Bhd Group managing director Tan Sri Mohd Khamil Jamil said in a statement last week.
He said the DRB-Hicom University of Automotive Malaysia plays an important role towards making sure that the nation has a steady supply of industry-ready workforce and meeting the governments objective of developing a knowledge-driven society.
"What makes us different is our balanced approach to education; similar to the dual training concept, widely practiced in Germany where nearly 60 per cent of its workers are trained as apprentices.
"This combination of theory and practice gives our students a headstart in their careers as they would have accumulated the required technical knowledge together with hands-on experience in their jobs," he added.
Operating from a 16.9-hectare campus in Pekan, DRB-Hicom University of Automotive Malaysia is placed alongside DRB-Hicom's regional automotive hub, which houses the nation's largest integrated automotive assembly complex, making it probably one of its kind in the world.