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Published on: Monday, June 17, 2019

PETALING JAYA: “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favour.”-  Elon Musk, technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer

The number of jobs involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Malaysia is on the rise due to the changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution 4.0.

 This term refers to the implementation of Automation and Artificial Intelligence within the manufacturing sector.

The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), aware of the changes brought by this technological trend, put forward the Industry4WRD policy in 2018, with the goal of doubling the number of skilled workers from 18pc to 35pc by 2025.

Understanding the needs of the STEM job market, First City University College (formerly known as KBU International College), through the Faculty of Engineering and Computing (FEC)  offers the Foundation in Engineering, Science & Technology programme. 

The programme hopes to build up capable graduates who in turn can contribute their engineering or computing expertise to the various businesses in Malaysia.

Programme Objective, Structure and Pathways

“Students can expect to master the basic principles of engineering, science and technology by the end of this one year programme (three semesters). 

During classes they will also be educated on the social and ethical implications in the field of science, engineering and technology”, explained Foundation in Engineering Science & Technology Programme Coordinator Kong Wai Mun.

Kong also added that the programme aims to equip students with interpersonal and communication skills in a group working environment, which is especially important as they will need to familiarise themselves with assignments in a lab setting during their Bachelor Degree studies.

 In order to to hone their problem-solving skills, they will be given scenarios that will require critical thinking skills.

Starting from the second semester, students will be given the option of choosing the Engineering or Computing pathway. 

Those who choose the Engineering pathway will be exposed to subjects such as Mechanics, Applied Physics and Engineering Mathematics while the Computing pathway offers subjects such as Software Design Techniques, Systems Analysis and Design and Web Design.

At the end of the foundation programme, students who have chosen to specialise in the Engineering pathway may opt for Bachelor Degree programmes such as Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

On the other hand, those who selected the Computing pathway may choose between these Bachelor Degree programmes: Software Engineering, Computer Science (Intelligent Systems), Information Systems and Information Technology (Network and Security). The quality of these programmes are assured as they are validated and recognised by our UK partner Teesside University.

Foundation in Engineering, Science & Technology graduates are urged to continue with either one of the Bachelor Degree programmes listed above. This is because they can enjoy 15pc off their First Year tuition fee via the Alumni Incentive.

Moreover, students will be pleased to know that First City UC has a proven track record of producing highly employable graduates for nearly 30 years. Even better, many have secured jobs even before graduation.

This distinction is credited to FEC’s links with a number of reputable industry partners. Banking on these valuable partnerships, the Faculty is able to connect students with potential employers during events such as Career Day and graduation showcases.

One of these showcases is the annual Innovation Day which attracted industry partners such as IBM, Silverlake, Hitachi, NEM and Fujitsu. For this year’s showcase, a total of 52 teams from the Foundation, Diploma and Bachelor Degree programmes showed off their own creative projects. 

In addition to serving as a final year assessment for the Bachelor Degree students, the top teams from the Engineering and Computing categories won prize money. 

The cornerstone of First City UC’s academic success can be attributed to its excellent and industry-relevant curricula as well as its team of dedicated lecturers equipped with years of teaching and industrial experience. 

First City UC’s Student Financial Aid and Facilities 

In order to provide quality education to as many deserving students as possible, First City UC provides a variety of financial aids such as the First City University College Merit Scholarship, the Office Bearer Scholarship, the Sports Scholarship and the Bursary Award.

On top of that, students will enjoy full access to state-of-the-art campus facilities such as the Library, Cafeteria, Student Lounge, IT Centre, Centre for Postgraduate Studies, Engineering Labs, Studios and Workshops, Lecture and Seminar Rooms, Football Field, Indoor Sports Facilities, as well as on-campus accommodation with en-suite bathrooms.

First City UC’s reputation is further enhanced by virtue of being located in the modern township of Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, which is accessible via public transport and also the MRT. Students may opt to spend their free time by frequenting the various amenities, restaurants and even the cineplexes and bowling alley located in the world-class shopping centre One Utama.

Meet First City’s Future Engineers and Programmers 

Lim Siang Han, currently a Third Year student in the Bachelor of Electronic Engineering with Honours programme, joined the Foundation in Engineering, Science & Technology in January 2016. He firmly believes that the foundation programme is the reason why he has the necessary knowledge and problem-solving skills to take on the challenging subjects in his Bachelor’s Degree programme.

“Instead of relying on lecturers to spoonfeed us with information, why not learn to do some research first? That way, we can always learn even outside the classroom setting”, explained Lim who added that he plans to apply his skills and knowledge as a certified Electronic Engineer upon graduation.

Meanwhile, Jasvina Mae, currently a Second Year Software Engineering student shared that she first signed up for the foundation programme in March 2016. She was glad that despite having no prior background in Information Technology, she was able to ease her way into the Software Engineering programme courtesy of the fundamentals provided by the academic programme.

“Overall, the programme was very well structured and enjoyable. When I face any problem in my tasks, the lecturers were extremely helpful in aiding me through the problems,” Jasvina added. As f`or her plans upon graduation, Jasvina is keen to work in companies that deal with current software technologies.

“Be it web or app based, smart devices, Internet of Things or even Blockchain, I am definitely up for the challenge!”, she exclaimed.

First City University College’s July intake is currently in progress for its Foundation programmes. Besides the Foundation in Engineering, Science and Technology programme, students may consider the Foundation in Art and Design and also the Foundation in Business Administration programmes. Register by 30th June to enjoy 50pc off tuition fees. Terms and Conditions apply.

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