THE electrical and electronics industry is targeted under the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) to gear the nation towards a high-income economy.
Being committed to offering undergraduate programmes that encourage the intellectual and personal development of students, as well as in response to professional and community needs, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) through its Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT) is unveiling its new Bachelor of Technology (Honours) in Electronic Systems, designed to propel students towards 4IR (Fourth Industrial Revolution).
The new programme helps fill the gap to facilitate the growth of the electronics industry and enhance Malaysia’s competitiveness in electronics system technology on a global level.
It places strong emphasis on hands-on, practical skills and active industrial involvement. The course syllabi are developed with feedback from industries to fulfil skill demands and manpower needs.
“One nuance of this new technology programme is the dissemination of knowledge in the work-based learning environment, ” said FEGT Department of Electronic Engineering head, Assoc Prof Dr Teh Peh Chiong.
He explained that most conventional technology programmes conduct classes in an academic environment. In stark contrast, this new programme allows some of the courses to be conducted in the working environment.
“The students can spend a year studying in established companies such as Infineon and ViTrox. With the advantage of being exposed to an actual working environment prior to undergraduate graduation, they adapt to the working environment easily, ” Dr Teh explained.
This three-year undergraduate programme provides a coherent body of professional knowledge, technical skills and soft skills to produce competent and
versatile professionals who can adapt to diverse roles and responsibilities in a dynamic work environment.
Being engaged closely with the industries in curriculum development, its structure and syllabi are up-to-date and remains relevant.
“Since many new jobs are expected to be generated in the electrical and electronics industry by 2020, graduates of this programme have sufficient liberty to seek their career of interest, ” added Dr Teh.
An added bonus is a holistic education approach whereby soft skills-based courses are also integrated into the curriculum in parallel with the Top 10 skills pinpointed by the World Economic Forum’s “Future of Jobs Report”; they are essential to survive the giant wave of the oncoming 4IR.
The programme’s extensive areas of studies also enable graduates to gain employment in both the government and private sectors, particularly in electronics.
Other undergraduate programmes offered by UTAR FEGT include Electronic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Petrochemical Engineering, Construction Management and Environmental, Occupational Safety and Health.
Postgraduate programmes such as Master of Engineering Science, Master of Engineering (Electronic Systems), Master of Environmental Technology, Master of Sustainable Construction Management, and Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) are also available.
UTAR is reputed as one of the fastest-growing private higher education institutions in the country since its inception in 2002. It has produced over 61,600 graduates since its inaugural convocation in 2005. It currently offers over 110 programmes ranging from foundation studies to bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees in various fields.
UTAR is ranked 501-600 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 and 188 in the Quacquarelli Symonds Asia University Rankings 2019.
It has also been awarded Self-Accreditation Status by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.
For more details, go to www.utar.edu.my or call 05-468 8888 (Kampar campus)/ 03-9086 0288 (Sungai Long campus).