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Malaysian university to wholly specialise in computer science

AvantiKumar | Feb. 4, 2013
Minister of Higher Education launches Universiti Malaysia of Computer Science and Engineering in an attempt to meet the demand for ICT talent.

UniMy - Prestariang - Malaysia

 

Photo - (From left) Prof.Iven Mareels, Dean School of Engineering, University of Melbourne; YBhg Datuk Ab Rahim bin Md.Noor,KSU,JPT; YB Dato Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Menteri Pengajian Tinggi Malaysia; YBhg.Dato Ramli Abbas, Chairman, Prestariang Berhad; and Prof Dr Halimaton Hamdan, Vice Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia of Computer Science & Engineering (UniMy).

 

Malaysia's first boutique university, the Universiti Malaysia of Computer Science and Engineering (UniMy), is wholly devoted to providing specialised computer science and engineering education, according to YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Khaled bin Nordin, the Minister of Higher Education, during the launch.

UniMy vice chancellor, Professor Datuk Dr. Halimaton Hamdan said: "The launch was in line with the roadmap of the Higher Education Transformation Programme under the New Economic Model, to produce market ready computing professionals and talents as demanded by industry players."

Halimaton said that according to a study by the national ICT agency, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), Malaysia's demand for IT graduates will experience an annual growth rate of 18.6 percent between 2010 and 2013 against a supply growth of only 2.7 percent. "Data and projections show that computing technology will account for two-thirds of all job growth in all fields of science and technology in the future."

"Tasked to bridge the gap between demand and supply for highly skilled IT personnel and professionally trained graduates in the next 10 years, UniMy takes a new approach in higher education by creating a 'best of breed' ecosystem working in partnership with global technology companies including Microsoft, IBM, EC Council, Dell, Huawei and Autodesk," said Halimaton, adding that the university has also signed a collaboration agreement with the University of Melbourne (UNIMELB).

"Based at a temporary campus in Cyberjaya, UniMy is a unique faculty to student ratio of 1:10 with a maximum capacity to take in 3,000 students," she said. "Small and personal, focused and specialised, UniMy targets the best brains to train in computer science, software and hardware development."

UniMy (www.unimy.edu.my) offers an integrated 1+3+1 Computer Science and Engineering programme starting from Foundation, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science. The first enrolment for Foundation Studies is expected to begin in May while enrolment for Undergraduate Programmes is scheduled in September 2013. Two undergraduate programmes - a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering -  are available and admissions to the degree programmes are also open for registration to candidates with A-level, STPM, and diploma or equivalent qualifications. 

The university also offers Professional Certificate for Microsoft, IBM, Autodesk, EC Council and Huawei programmes, to graduates to increase their marketability and employability.

 

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