BIG data impacts not only the business world but also today’s workforce in significant ways.
Many organisations rely on the Internet to communicate with their consumers, generate sales and improve productivity.
However, they require skilled data experts to manage and make sense of the huge data generated from the digital world.
Currently, there is a lack of actuarial and data scientists who can analyse the data in a meaningful manner to help companies make better-informed decisions that can impact our quality of life.
In the near future, there will be even greater demand for these professionals as there will be more data to manage, and new software and technologies to adopt.
In view of this, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) is committed to narrowing the talent gap by producing highly employable graduates and shaping tomorrow’s talent to address the needs of the community and match the needs of businesses and the industry to tackle global challenges.
Since 2014, the “futuremade university” has remained steadfast in future-proofing its students with its excellent British education, and has now expanded with a global outlook and global study opportunities.
The university is no stranger to pioneering the global educational landscape with world-class programmes enhanced with a unique positive education approach.
Heriot-Watt University’s School of Mathematical and Computer Science focuses on mathematics, actuarial mathematics and statistics, and computer science. They are available to students studying for their undergraduate and postgraduate across its United Kingdom, Dubai and Malaysia campuses.
As one of the leading UK universities known for its world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, HWUM offers outstanding undergraduate programmes such as its BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science and BSc (Hons) Statistical Data Science.
The entry to these undergraduate programmes starts with a Foundation in Science or Business with Actuarial Science.
“It has definitely kick-started my career path, ” Yap Jun Mun, a recent alumnus, shared his view as a HWUM BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science graduate.
“The knowledge learned has given me an advantage when it comes to understanding the insurance and data industry.”
Heriot-Watt University’s BSc (Hons) Actuarial Science is one of only a few such programmes in Malaysia, which are fully accredited by the UK Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA).
Good performance means exemptions from Core Principles subjects (CS1, CS2, CM1, CM2, CB1, CB2), giving prospective actuaries an advantage over those in other mathematics-based programmes.
The degree is also accredited by the Royal Statistical Society and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
Additionally, the university’s actuarial graduates are also recognised by the Society of Actuaries (SOA) under Universities & Colleges with Actuarial Programmes –- Advanced Curriculum (UCAP-AC), which is the highest level of recognition in Malaysia.
In support of Malaysia’s aspiration to have 20, 000 data professionals by the next decade, HWUM is committed to providing a three-year scholarship programme for high achieving and deserving students to pursue a BSc (Hons) Statistical Data Science programme with them.
Applications for scholarships are open, for qualifying students joining the September 2021 intake.
To further prepare for the future and create a talent pipeline of data and programming experts, the university will also be incorporating a new programme, BSc (Hons) Computing Science, which is set to be available this year.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Heriot-Watt University campuses all over the world developed an approach to enable learning to continue on and off campus, called the Responsive Blended Learning (RBL).
This approach ensures students can begin and complete their academic year on schedule, no matter where they study in the world.
Apart from helping students realise their potential by gaining the knowledge and skills of the future, HWUM takes a step further to empower its students through positive education via its EmPOWER and Fit-For-Future programmes.
Through positive education, students become successful learners via its guidance and teaching methodology, which nurtures them in an environment that leads to holistic growth including building emotional intelligence, resilience and happiness.
To apply for HWUM’s July and September 2021 intake, go to www.hw.edu.my or speak to education consultants virtually (bit.ly/hwum-virtualcounselling). The university offers a range of scholarships and financial assistance to students who qualify. Register before June 30, 2021 for a RM4, 000 early-bird waiver. Fee payments via instalments are also available (terms and conditions apply). For more information on Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, visit www.hw.ac.uk/malaysia/