ALMOST overnight, software engineers became as busy as bees when the Covid-19 pandemic struck the world.
“Companies had to switch to working online almost instantly.
“The success of this transition relied on the right Internet technology and software engineers became central to that, ” said UOW Malaysia KDU Penang’s head of computing department Dr Lim Chia Yean.
From online meeting apps to virtual classrooms, people-tracking hardware and software for e-wallets and e-commerce platforms, she said, life had become “incredibly busy” for software engineers across the globe as they adhered to stay-at-home orders like everyone else.
Lim said, people who are familiar with online shopping need only pay attention to how much more efficient and convenient their favourite platforms have become in recent months to see how busy software engineers have been in ensuring that these platforms remain attractive to the growing market for digital service provision.
“They have had to quickly solve problems in their software and provide almost immediate solutions to stay ahead of the competition.
“They have to ensure that the right models and the design patterns are used to keep the software easily maintained and updated. In the course of this work they have to do coding, refactoring and testing.
“And there is no sign of any end to the work because software is now key to business continuity, ” said Lim.
UOW Malaysia KDU awards students with the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons), a specialist, more applied, bachelor’s degree than Computer Science.
For graduates trained in software engineering, she said, career opportunities have ballooned not only in terms of numbers but also variety.
“They don't just become programmers, but also IT analysts, systems analysts, mobile and web developers, test engineers, software quality assurance officers, software architects and more, ” she pointed out.
The tertiary path to such varied career opportunities is a three-year journey for undergraduates at UOW Malaysia KDU at Batu Kawan Penang and Glenmarie Selangor campuses.
Lim said UOW Malaysia KDU awards students with the Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons), a specialist, more applied, bachelor’s degree than Computer Science.
“This degree communicates to employers that the candidate is capable of handling the entire software development process, from the ideation to production of the final product, ” she stressed.
In Penang, software engineering students are based at UOW Malaysia KDU's new state-of-the-art Batu Kawan campus, an ultra-modern facility on mainland Penang that provides an international campus experience, with an expert academic team attuned with industry needs.
In Shah Alam, software engineering students are based at UOW Malaysia KDU's flagship Utropolis Glenmarie campus.
A critical advantage of the UOW Malaysia KDU Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons) is the option of receiving a dual award from the globally ranked top 1% University of Wollongong, Australia.
Under the dual award software engineering programme, students can commence their studies in Malaysia and finish the remaining one and a half years in UOW Australia.
On this bachelor’s degree pathway, students are awarded a Bachelor of Software Engineering (Hons) and UOW Australia's Bachelor of Computer Science (Software Engineering) and receive a substantial minimum 25% bursary on their UOW Australia tuition fees.
Students who choose to stay in Malaysia throughout the duration of their studies will receive an award from UOW Malaysia KDU, but still have the opportunity to spend a semester or two at any of UOW’s global campus destinations.
For details on gaining access to these opportunities, contact 04-238 6368 (Penang) or 03-5565 0538 (Glenmarie) or visit www.uowmkdu.edu.my/open-day.