Innovation crucial to success

  • Education
  • Tuesday, 14 Aug 2018

The industry-relevant curriculum is a result of implementing comprehensive practical content;

Last year, tech experts at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers revealed what they believe will be the biggest trends in technology for this year. Among them are machine learning, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and additive manufacturing.

It is without a doubt that the fields of computing and engineering have become a huge part of society – think mobile gadgets, anti-lock brakes and the software on your devices.

As the world enters the fourth industrial revolution and undergoes technological disruptions, it is no wonder that the aforementioned technology trends will require a merging of professions from computing and engineering. How, then, can we help shape the future with the combining of these gargantuan fields?

Most would be inclined to start with education. Accordingly, Taylor’s University has engineered its curriculum to provide a broad-based education that allows students to pursue multidisciplinary studies.

The newly launched Taylor’s Curriculum Framework lets students choose minors outside their field of study. For instance, business students can choose to minor in information technology while engineering students can pursue a business or marketing minor.

It is without a doubt that the fields of computing and engineering have become a huge part of society.

Programme pairings such as these make for powerful combinations that can enhance graduate employability as the demand for graduates with multidisciplinary skills continues to grow. By offering courses in engineering and computer sciences, Taylor’s University recognises the need to empower today’s students with the ability to meet the needs of tomorrow’s society.

In its quest for ultimate excellence, the institution has propelled its School of Engineering and School of Computing & IT to adopt a holistic approach in grooming students to become leaders, innovators and technopreneurs.

Since its establishment in 1996, Taylor’s School of Engineering has set the benchmark for engineering education and served as a role model for other institutions within the region.

It is the first engineering school in South-East Asia to adopt the CDIO initiative. Short for “conceiving, designing, implementing and operating” real-world systems and products, the CDIO curriculum combines conventional and modern techniques that provide students with valuable real-world experiences by undertaking actual engineering projects.

Taylor’s is also the first university outside the United States to be accepted into the NAE Grand Challenges Scholars Program. Students enrolled in this programme will receive similar opportunities as students at top engineering schools in the US such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University and Stanford University.

Taylor’s School of Computing & IT was established in 1998 and offers a range of career-focused programmes through which graduates continue to meet industry standards, filling out the talent pool in information and communication technology.

Janice Chau, a recent graduate from Taylor’s University School of Computing & IT, builds, programmes and prepares a robot with her team to fight its opponents at the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Retreat in Shanghai, China.

In line with its motto, “Driving Innovation through Technology”, the school aims to provide students with ample opportunities to influence the future of the modern world as well as push the frontiers of computing and information technology.

New specialisations that have been introduced include data science, blockchain, cloud computing, mobile computing and cybersecurity. Students are encouraged to form their own start-up companies before graduating from Taylor’s University.

The industry-relevant curriculum is a result of implementing comprehensive practical content using relevant learning technologies and providing an environment conducive to forming strong collaborations with the industry, professional bodies, government agencies and academia.

These valuable partnerships helped place Taylor’s University among the top 1% of institutions globally in the QS World University Rankings 2019 for employer reputation. The schools aim to continue encouraging and enabling students to undertake innovative projects in line with the university’s quest to nurture budding technopreneurs.

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