04 Dec 2018

CETEM and the UPCT will help modernize the Malaysian timber industry

The UPCT coordinates a European project of one million euros to train new technologies to university professors from the Asian country

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Researchers from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT) and technicians of the Tecnological Centre of Furniture and Wood of the Region of Murcia (CETEM) were in Malaysia to start the MAKING 4.0 project, that will create an official university master's degree in the Asian country that trains professionals who have modernized one of its main economic sectors, the wood industry.

"Developing an innovative curriculum to modernize the present offer of official postgraduate studies in Malaysia, improving its quality, its relevance to the furniture and wood industry and the skills acquired by students, preparing them for the evolution of Industry 4.0" is the objective of the project, explains the researcher, María Victoria Bueno Delgado.

"Malaysian timber companies are potential suppliers of raw materials for regional furniture companies. This is very interesting to understand the benefits of industry 4.0 to work with these parameters", says Josefina Garrido,responsible I+D+I of CETEM.

In the project (598783-EPP-1-2018-1-ES-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP), coordinated by the UPCT and promoted by CETEM, it has a finance of one million euros through the Erasmus + program of the European Commission, participate four universities of Malaysia, the association of industries of the country, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) and the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

The project includes the training of the Malaysian professors who will teach the future master's degree. "The project will also promote the internationalization of Malaysia's university education system," adds the researcher.