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The International College of Automotive (ICAM) has been conferred university status by the Ministry of Higher Education and will henceforth be known as DRB-Hicom University of Automotive Malaysia. With university status, DRB-Hicom University of Automotive Malaysia now finds itself amongst the first few institutions in the ASEAN region to provide bachelor, master and doctoral degree programmes in the automotive field.

“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,” remarked Tan Sri Mohd Khamil Jamil, managing director of the DRB-Hicom Bhd Group.

“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,” he added. This would ensure that the nation has a consistent supply of trained individuals in the local automotive industry.

“This combination of theory and practice gives our students a head start in their careers as they would have accumulated the required technical knowledge together with hands-on experience in their jobs,” said Khamil. DRB-Hicom University of Automotive Malaysia boasts a 16.9-hectare campus located in Pekan, Pahang. The campus is situated within the vicinity of DRB-Hicom’s automotive assembly complex.