University offers new programmes designed to meet industry demand

Curtin representatives and guests posing for a group photo.

MIRI: Curtin University Malaysia is offering three new programmes and has enhanced two existing ones with new streams to meet market demands.

The new programmes are the Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) in Construction Management, Bachelor of Science (Computing) in Software Engineering and Bachelor of Science (Computing) in Cyber Security.

The popular Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication has also been enhanced with the option of a journalism stream ideal for students keen to pursue careers in the print, broadcast and online media, while the foundation programmes now feature separate Engineering and Science streams feeding into the Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Science programmes.

Curtin Malaysia deputy pro vice-chancellor Professor Beena Giridharan said this at a programme preview and appreciation lunch at Kuala Lumpur, hosted by the university for its industry partners and recruitment agents based in peninsular Malaysia..

All the new programmes and streams are being offered in the current July/August (second semester) intake.

Prof Giridharan said the new programmes were in increasingly popular areas of study and designed to meet current industry demands.

“Our new engineering and science programmes are geared towards the current emphasis on digital economy and Industry 4.0, and the new journalism course covers journalism theory and practice through print, broadcast and online media globally,” she said.

Present to give detailed briefings on the new engineering and science offerings were Faculty of Engineering and Science dean Prof Lau Hieng Ho, and Electrical and Computer Engineering Department programme coordinator Dr Ling Huo Chong.

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Hons) in Construction Management is designed in collaboration with construction industry professionals. It is management-oriented and focuses on a broad range of interrelated disciplines.

“The course goes far beyond a quantity surveying degree, and graduates will be able to find employment in a wide range of roles, including quantity and building surveyors, building contractors, contract administrators, project managers, construction managers, estimators and property developers,” said Prof Lau.

Dr Ling said the Bachelor of Science (Computing) - Software Engineering would take an engineering approach to building software.

“It is about creating high-quality software in a systematic, controlled and efficient manner.

“The career opportunities in the field include work as software engineers, software developers, games developers, systems analysts and web applications developers,” he said.

On the Bachelor of Science (Computing) - Cyber Security, Dr Ling said the course focused on the key concepts and challenges in data and resource protection and computer software security, examining both the high and low level practical aspects of computer security.

“It is an excellent springboard to a successful career as a cyber security specialist in the rapidly evolving information and communications technology industry,” he said.

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