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Producing future tech experts at UNITEN

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The demand for skilled computer science and IT professionals has and will only be increased. Photo by Ilya Pavlov - Unsplash.j

By: Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. Jaspaljeet Singh

In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, the demand for skilled computer science and information technology (IT) professionals has never been greater. Degree programmes in computer science and IT are experiencing an unprecedented surge in demand, driven by two significant factors: the growing need for related skills and the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) related advancements. AI is profoundly impacting various sectors, such as energy, healthcare, finance, transportation, and the arts. As a result, professionals with expertise in computer science and IT are highly sought after as AI becomes an integral part of our daily lives, influencing many aspects of modern society.

Assoc. Prof. Ts. Dr. Jaspaljeet Singh

To tackle this demand head-on, the College of Computing and Informatics (CCI) at Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) offers a comprehensive range of programmes beyond traditional computing and informatics. These programmes empower students with versatile skills, making them adept at adapting to the dynamic needs of various industries. With a syllabus carefully designed to align with professional standards and industry requirements, UNITEN’s CCI graduates gain a competitive edge and a promising future.

Our programmes emphasise the practical application of knowledge through immersive experiences. Students develop a deep understanding of how to apply their expertise in real-world scenarios by engaging in teamwork, case studies, simulations, and real-life projects. This hands-on approach ensures graduates are equipped with the practical skills required for success in the contemporary job market.

Acknowledging the important role of core values in moulding holistic professionals, UNITEN’s CCI programmes are meticulously designed to align with Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB)’s six core values: Integrity, Collaborative Spirit, Customer Centricity, Professionalism, Forward Thinking, and Mindfulness. This integration fosters technical excellence alongside values vital for an ethical workforce. Our curriculum also features courses aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), exposing graduates to the capacity to address global challenges constructively.

Upon completing their degrees, UNITEN’s computing and informatics graduates have a broad spectrum of career opportunities. They can become professionals in their chosen fields, providing invaluable contributions to various industries. Additionally, the programmes nurture an entrepreneurial spirit, empowering graduates to create innovative ventures that shape the future of technology. Furthermore, our graduates are well-prepared to pursue postgraduate programmes within UNITEN and at other reputable institutions of higher learning. This flexibility enables graduates to continue their academic journey and specialise in their areas of interest.

CCI offers a diverse array of forward-looking computer science and IT degree programmes that equip students with the necessary skills to meet the requirements of professional bodies and industries, granting them a competitive edge in today’s dynamic job market. In computer science, the focus is on three core programmes: (i) Cyber Security, emphasising threat analysis, secure coding, and the safeguarding of modern data; (ii) Software Engineering, concentrating on quality development practices and alignment with industry standards for creating functional, reliable software; and (iii) Systems and Networking, founded on solid principles of network protocols, systems integration, and configuration, skills that are vital in our highly interconnected world.

Moving into the world of IT, CCI offers three specialised degree programmes: (i) Information Systems, merging IT with business insights, enhanced by a focus on Big Data Analytics; (ii) Visual Media, where the integration of IT with digital arts provides a creative platform for multimedia enthusiasts; and (iii) Graphics & Multimedia, combining technical skills with social proficiency, opening doors to versatile fields like animation and web design. Each programme is designed to foster unique skills, meeting the demands of various segments within the technological landscape.

Additionally, CCI offers entry-level programmes: Foundation in Computer Science, Foundation in IT and Diploma in Computer Science. These cater to high school graduates and those interested in computing or informatics, preparing them for degrees in various fields or immediate career opportunities. Notably, all UNITEN’s foundation programmes are now available at a significantly reduced price of just RM6,000.

The exceptional distinction of CCI is further evidenced by its remarkable achievements. With an impressive 98.2 percent employability rate, CCI graduates have secured notable positions in reputable enterprises such as CSM, Deloitte, major banking industries, Dell, Intel, Petronas, Maxis, Schlumberger, Sapura, and Shell. CCI’s programme offerings also provide students with valuable certification opportunities, including credentials like Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), PenTest, Certified Information Security Awareness Manager (CISAM), and Software Tester certifications. These certifications offer a clear advantage in the competitive job market.

Additionally, the college’s focus on student engagement shines through its vibrant clubs like Clicq, Pro-C, and E-Sports, which play a crucial role in fostering both personal and professional growth. UNITEN’s dedication to a holistic educational approach, paired with a carefully aligned curriculum that addresses the evolving industry landscape, ensures that graduates are well-prepared for immediate employment and equipped to take on leadership roles, fostering innovation in the dynamic technology field.

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The author is the Dean of College of Computing and Informatics, UNITEN. He is a Professional Member of British Computer Society, and may be contacted at jaspaljeet@uniten.edu.my

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