ALMOST every day, we hear of people losing their jobs or livelihood in these pandemic-ridden times.
The world, the future, looks bleak and gloomy, but all is not lost. Why not start afresh and get re-skilled to take on jobs of the future?
You can do so by exploring what the new School of Digital Technology (DiGiT) at Wawasan Open University (WOU) has to offer.
Here, you not only gain hands-on, applicable digital skills, but can also connect with industry experts, making you stand out from the crowd as part of Malaysia’s next-generation digital talent as the country steps into the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0).
In fact, WOU’s new motto, Think Tomorrow, perfectly reflects the university’s aspirations, particularly in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The DiGiT programmes are planned to fill the technological skills gap in the workforce.
The school has started operations with two programmes approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA): The Bachelor of Digital Business (Honours) and Bachelor in Software Engineering (Honours) (Application Development).
The end goal is to empower the workforce with digital skills so that they are invaluable assets for any organisation in the digital economy. Hence, the key is building future-ready talents who can thrive in the digitally-transformed work environment.
And that precisely is what DiGiT is all about.
“We will intensively frontload industry-relevant skills in the first year of study,’” said WOU chief executive and vice chancellor Prof Dr Lily Chan.
Chan added that students can then work full-time, under paid apprenticeship with the university’s industry partners, from the second year onwards.
“We link them up with industry mentors and train them on entrepreneurship should they decide to go on this route.”
At the same time, WOU is focused on producing job-ready talents and entrepreneurs for the country.
Chan added, “The graduates from DiGiT will obviously be highly skilled in technology and digital literacy, and therefore able to meet the challenges of the new reality.”
As employers adapt their operations and services to move online or for remote working, there is increasing use of social media platforms, corporate websites, software applications and other online channels.
All these warrant digital knowledge and skills.
The DiGiT programmes offer a pathway for the younger generation of learners and the workforce to be part of the nation’s future-ready talents.
Great savings on tuition fees await those who register for the September 2021 intake. Students get 100% tuition fee waiver for the first year of study and stand to receive free laptop computers, offered to the first 30 students.
For details on DiGiT programmes or to enroll for the September, January or May intake, log on to wou.edu.my or call WOU’s toll-free careline at 1-300 888 968.