FISITA launches Academic Advisory Board

International automotive engineering body FISITA has brought together universities from around the world to create its Academic Advisory Board, designed to foster relations between industry and academia.

The Board, which held its first meeting this week, includes academics from universities in the UK (University of Bath), Germany (RWTH Aachen University), China (Tsinghua University, Beijing), Australia (Deakin University, Melbourne) and the US (University of Michigan). According to FISITA, its members will engage regularly with these academics to collaborate and develop mutually beneficial development plans.

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“We are delighted to launch the FISITA Academic Advisory Board today, a key element of FISITA’s long-term strategic plan to build on the established, existing relations between FISITA members and academia,”
said Chris Mason, CEO of FISITA and co-chair of the new board.

“The automotive industry is embarking upon its most significant transformation to date as it reshapes into the mobility sector of the future. We are increasingly aware of our members’ need for a coordinated and close working relationship with a network of universities around the world, in order to ensure the technical expertise required to meet with future mobility demands is met.”

In an interview last year, Mason spoke to The Student Engineer about FISITA’s Travel Bursary programme, which enables university students to take advantage of work placements in automotive companies around the world. The body also organises a Student Congress alongside the main FISITA World Automotive Congress every two years. The next Student Congress will take place in Busan, Korea from 26-30th September 2016.