The programme was developed in cooperation with the WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, and the National Defence University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, to offer a three-year Master of Science degree in Cyber Security and Management. Both universities formally agreed to the programme during a recent signing ceremony at the House of Lords in London.
Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, WMG Chairman said “I welcome this opportunity to offer our cyber security and management programme to staff at BAE Systems through our partnership with NDUM. This helps to strengthen our education programmes in Malaysia.”
“This programme will support offset requirements associated with delivering Bofors 57 Mk3 naval guns for the Royal Malaysian Navy,” said Lena Gillström, Managing Director of Weapon Systems Sweden at BAE Systems. “BAE Systems has a strong heritage of supporting education initiatives in Malaysia, including Chevening Scholarships and school outreach programmes. This post-graduate degree furthers our long-term strategy of continuing to develop partnerships with education stakeholders and transferring technology to Malaysia.”
BAE Systems is uniquely positioned for this project through its cyber security business, Applied Intelligence. In 2013 Applied Intelligence opened a Global Delivery Centre in Kuala Lumpur and has grown rapidly to over 230 cyber specialists in just over twelve months, with plans to increase to about 350 by the end of 2015.
The Malaysian Navy has had Bofors naval guns in service on its ships for decades and today there are about 140 in service. BAE Systems expects to finalise a contract for six 57 Mk3 naval guns along with an offset requirement in the near future. This agreement will become effective immediately upon award of the contract and mutual agreement of the offset terms. The Malaysian joint venture, BHIC Bofors Asia, was established in 2004 and will assemble, test, and deliver the 57 Mk3 naval guns locally, using components from local suppliers.