KUALA LUMPUR, 14 June 2022: UCSI College and DJI Academy Selangor, the training arm of DJI in Malaysia, have teamed up to offer drone training programmes in aerial photography, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) pilot training and UAS inspection.
Designed to meet the needs of working professionals, government bodies, agricultural producers, the civil service and drone enthusiasts, the programmes will be offered via open distance learning and microcredentials.
This is the first time that DJI - the world’s top commercial drone maker with over 70% market share - is partnering with a Malaysian higher education institution to provide formal training programmes.
UCSI College president and CEO Assoc Prof Dr Mabel Tan Hwee Joo said that the partnership was timely as drones are increasingly used in many critical industries.
“From agriculture to engineering to surveillance, drones are in great demand and qualified personnel are sorely needed to operate them,” she said during the memorandum of agreement (MoA) signing ceremony between UCSI and DJI.
“Today’s MoA is a giant leap in our shared effort to meet the industry’s needs in the areas of pilot training, inspection and maintenance. And by going hybrid, we are empowering people to learn anytime, anywhere.”
Under the MoA, learners will receive dual certification from UCSI and DJI. Both parties will jointly develop the lesson plans, teaching materials and grading assessments.
Also present was DJI CEO Jude Low Hong Giap who said that the training programmes were ideal for individuals who wanted to develop specific drone-related skill sets.
“These microcredentials will help individuals remain employable, adaptable, and competitive,” he said.
“We are delighted to partner with UCSI and we look forward to coming up with more training programmes to meet the present and future needs of the industry.”