Meraque Group (Meraque), a Malaysian robotics solutions company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia, marking a pivotal move towards empowering Malaysian youth with education and skills training in robotics and drone solutions.
The MoU solidifies the strategic partnership for the development of youth skills in drone training workshops and the utilisation of facilities across all branches of Institut Latihan Kemahiran Belia Negara (ILKBN). Alongside the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia, Meraque Academy is a joint initiative with the Malaysian Air Youth Club, Malaysian Youth Council, and Tenggara Parliament Coordinating Office.
The academy’s objectives underscore exposure to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)/drone industries and community engagement. Meraque Academy aims to create a robust learning environment, cultivating both interest and professional development. Meraque Academy welcomes participants without specific prerequisites, offering programmes designed to inculcate interest and facilitate career-level improvements.
Meraque Academy’s dynamic curriculum features a diverse range of courses spanning from two days to a year, encompassing classroom and field training in areas such as Remote Pilot Certificate of Competency Basic (RCOC-B), Beyond Line of Sight (BvLoS), Agriculture, Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA), curriculum for schools, summer camps programmes and corporate events.
Suria Affandi, Meraque’s Chief Operations Officer shared that the signing of the MoU is a significant milestone in Meraque’s as well as the government’s collective efforts to propel Malaysia towards becoming a regional hub for robotics by 2030.
“This collaborative initiative exemplifies our commitment to uplifting the next generation of Malaysian youth through cutting-edge robotics education. As a haven for Malaysian youth with an interest in robotics, regardless of their prior knowledge, Meraque Academy will be a dynamic catalyst in the realisation of Malaysia’s drone industry goals. Our unique course syllabus has been meticulously designed not only to teach but to instil a profound appreciation for the field.”
A distinctive aspect of Meraque Academy is the job guarantee opportunity upon successful course completion, providing tangible benefits and incentives for active engagement in the academy’s programmes.
Enhancing post-graduation employability, Meraque Academy will offer OnJobTraining (OJT) programmes, enabling trainees to apply acquired skills and knowledge in real-world scenarios. The academy’s commitment to continuous training ensures graduates are well-prepared for diverse professional challenges as well as changing market demands and trends.
Meraque Academy will be open to students and professionals of all ages with a focus on providing opportunities and hiring for underprivileged youth. The courses will be delivered by professionally qualified trainers and instructors, including industry experts, to provide a comprehensive educational experience.
“We aim to nurture these students into skilled professionals who contribute to Malaysia’s technological prowess. Meraque Academy will cultivate a workforce aligned with our National Robotics Roadmap aspirations. Together, we are actively shaping a high-tech Malaysia, where robotics takes centre stage in services, agriculture and manufacturing, propelling us towards international recognition as a technological leader,” added Suria.
Highlighting Meraque’s dedication to meeting the agricultural sector’s demands, the academy’s training includes skillsets relevant to palm oil plantations and other extensive agricultural industries. This aligns with Meraque’s commitment to fostering expertise in industries crucial to Malaysia’s economic landscape.
Looking forward, Meraque Academy envisions global expansion, exploring emerging trends and professions such as autonomous vehicles and machine learning. The academy’s long-term vision aligns with providing cutting-edge robotics education internationally.
Interested students, parents and the public can obtain further information on Meraque Academy at www.meraque.com.