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The MAI-SUT Automotive Scholarship Research Programme is a research based post-graduate studies recently launched under the Transport Innovation Centre (TIC). Researchers work directly with the industry to develop novel solutions ascertained from current trends and demands of the automotive sector.

The TIC, based in Kuching, Sarawak is a collaboration platform between Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) and Swinburne University of Technology (SUT). The TIC provides a research and development platform for a wide range of automotive engineering issues.

TIC is seeking innovative and highly motivated research candidates with backgrounds in engineering fields related to mechanical, electrical, mechatronic, manufacturing, and materials as well as information technology and business to join the scholarship programme.

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Transport Innovation Center MoU Signing Between MAI & Swinburne University





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The MAI-Swinburne Automotive Research Scholarship Awards in Swinburne University of Technology, Kuching, Sarawak.



Upon completion of the research program, researchers will be awarded a Master of Science from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.

Interested candidates who have Bachelor’s degree in the field of Engineering with a high GPA, should submit their resumes at the link below. The deadline to submit your CV is 4th September 2017.

Please confirm your interest by filling in the following online form and uploading your resume (in doc or pdf format):

We will contact selected candidates for an interview and briefing session on the 6th of September 2017 at MAI, Cyberjaya.

If you have any inquiries, feel free to contact:

Dr Ahmad Zainal Abidin

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019 814 9457

Wan Mohd Hafizi Bin Wan Hassin

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019 946 4195

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1. What is this Master program?

This is a program initiated by Malaysia Automotive Institute and Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. This program offer scholarships to candidates to do Master by Research on issues of Malaysia automotive industry. 

2. Where is the research conducted?

The research is to be conducted at the premise of the participating industry. However students need to constantly contact onitor the progress of the research through meetings and progress presentations.

3. Do I have to find projects myself?

The research project is identified by MAI and the industry and students only need to choose which is the most suitable according to one’s interest and capability.

4. Can I propose projects from the company I work for now?

Yes you can and as long as the proposed project is on automotive and agreed by MAI.

5. Who owns the project after completion?

The project will be jointly owned by the MAI and SUT. However, depending on the commitment and contribution of the industry the project might also be jointly owned. A formal project agreement between all parties will be drafted and agreed upon.

6. How do I apply?

Send in your resume, MAI-SUT will evaluate and call you for an interview.

7. What is the minimum requirement?

MAI-SUT requires minimum CGPA 3.0 in engineering, business or management. However, if you have working experience related to the research you would like to do your CGPA less than 3.0 can be considered.

8. How long is the Master by research?

The term of the study is full time 2 years.

9. Can I do my masters while working?

This Master program is a full time 2 years and students are expected be fully committed and work at the same time.

10. What is the starting date?

The research can start anytime once a candidate is accepted for enrolment

11. Do I have to move to Kuching to join this programme?

You will need to be close to the industry of your research. If the industry of your research is in Semenanjung then you will stay there.

12. Must projects be only solutions for Sabah & Sarawak?

The projects must be solutions for automotive industry. It could be anywhere within Malaysia depending on the industry.

13. I'm currently starting/registered my masters in another university. Can I still conduct my research program under this scholarship?

If you have already started your masters in a university then it is advisable that you continue study there. You will need to start fresh under this master program.




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