Demand for IT courses

Parents and students having a sit-down session with course counsellors to discuss courses and career options at the fair.

INFORMATION Technology (IT) courses is gaining popularity this year with educators noting that over half the visitors to Star Education Fair 2021 in Penang asking about them.

UOW Malaysia KDU Penang University College counsellor Tan Lee Ooi said the spark in interest is industry-driven and possibly fuelled by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“IT is the future of industrial growth and demand for the knowledge is increasing in factories, multinational corporations (MNC) or even small businesses today.

“Covid-19 pandemic has pushed more sectors to turn towards online and IT systems serve as the basic structure of them, ” he said during the fair over the weekend.

Tan added that UOW Malaysia KDU Penang’s pavilion at the fair also received a high number of queries on its Foundation in Science course, upon completion

of which allows students to enrol with Universiti Sains Malaysia, UOW Malaysia KDU or UOW Australia.

“Our Foundation in Science students automatically receive an offer letter from University of Wollongong in Australia after they complete the course, ” he said.

At Quest International University’s pavilion in the fair, student recruitment senior manager Florence Chen said courses on

IT and Computer Science received an increased number of inquiries from many visitors this year.

“We started off with Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery programmes through our dedicated faculty.

“However, the current trend shows IT (hardware) and Computer Science (software) courses picking up in demand, which in the past were not so popular.

“The courses we have formulated will prepare the students for what’s to come in the next three or four years.

“With everything going online and us positioning ourselves in a data-driven world, the industry is focusing on digital marketing, ” she said.

Besides the exhibitions, about 20 free talks were held throughout the two-day event to further help school leavers to choose the right lucrative career path.

Management & Science University principal Choo Seok Hong, who spoke on ‘The Importance Of Technology And The Integration Of Information Technology In Business and Science’, said demanding economic times amid the Covid-19 pandemic had rapidly pushed businesses into pursuing better productivity.

“It’s a changing trend. Businesses are turning towards e-commerce, which grew rapidly in the past year.

“The change in market trends is obvious as online purchases catch up with physical store walk-in dealings.

“Jobs that no longer rely on humans are now automated and IT has enabled tasks to be done faster with better accuracy, efficiency and productivity to cut cost.

“Qualifications then become important for graduates to secure employment, especially as software engineers, ” she said.

Star Education Fair 2021, which was the 34rd to be held since its inception in 1987, was organised by I.Star Events Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Star Media Group Berhad.

The two-day fair at Hall Four of Setia SPICE Convention Centre ended on Sunday.

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