For a solid fu­ture

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - HIGHER EDUCATION -

IN to­day’s in­no­va­tive and tech­nol­ogy- ad­vanced world, it is im­por­tant for an ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tion to nur­ture grad­u­ates who are able to ap­ply their knowl­edge of math­e­mat­ics and sci­ence in the real world, and train them to think like en­gi­neers. It would em­power th­ese grad­u­ates to be con­fi­dent and in­no­va­tive in their cre­ation, thus al­low­ing them to imag­ine the fu­ture and trans­form that imag­i­na­tion into re­al­ity.

First City Univer­sity Col­lege ( First City UC) is ful­fill­ing that role by of­fer­ing en­gi­neer­ing and com­put­ing pro­grammes which are in­dus­try- rel­e­vant, and by tak­ing on a hands- on ap­proach in teach­ing to mould th­ese fu­ture en­gi­neers and IT spe­cial­ists to be in­dus­try- ready.

Guided by the phi­los­o­phy of pro­vid­ing af­ford­able qual­ity education, First City UC, via its Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing and Com­put­ing, makes sure that its pro­grammes are taught by ca­pa­ble and ded­i­cated lec­tur­ers who are com­mit­ted in mak­ing sure stu­dents ex­cel in their stud­ies.

To fur­ther en­hance the education qual­ity pro­vided, the univer­sity col­lege part­ners up with rep­utable UK univer­si­ties for its 3+ 0 pro­grammes; Sh­effield Hal­lam Univer­sity ( SHU) for its BEng ( Hons) Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic En­gi­neer­ing and Not­ting­ham Trent Univer­sity ( NTU) for its BSc ( Hons) Soft­ware En­gi­neer­ing.

Apart from pro­grammes of­fered in col­lab­o­ra­tion with SHU and NTU, First City UC is also rolling out its own home- grown pro­grammes; Bach­e­lor of Elec­tronic En­gi­neer­ing with Hon­ours start­ing from Jan­uary 2017 and Bach­e­lor of Soft­ware En­gi­neer­ing ( Hons) in Septem­ber 2017. In the near fu­ture, First City UC will also award Bach­e­lor of Com­puter Sci­ence ( In­tel­li­gent Sys­tems) ( Hons) and Bach­e­lor of Busi­ness In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems ( Hons).

All its aca­demic pro­grammes have been de­signed to en­sure the grad­u­ates are equipped with skills that are rel­e­vant to the de­mands of em­ploy­ers around the world.

In an ef­fort to fur­ther en­rich stu­dents’ learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, the fac­ulty or­gan­ises the an­nual In­no­va­tion Day in the middle of the year as a plat­form to stim­u­late cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion.

This event fea­tures pre­sen­ta­tions of fi­nal year stu­dents’ projects, and pro­vides th­ese stu­dents with the op­por­tu­nity to con­nect with well­known in­dus­try play­ers, whose rep­re­sen­ta­tives are also in­vited.

First City UC also works closely with key play­ers in the in­dus­try, one of which was the re­cent Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing ( MoU) signed be­tween the in­sti­tu­tion and IBM Malaysia to re­new its aca­demic col­lab­o­ra­tion to em­bed IBM tech­nolo­gies into First City UC’s ICT cur­ricu­lum and equip its un­der­grad­u­ates with cog­ni­tive com­put­ing skills.

Since the es­tab­lish­ment of the MoU in 2008, First City UC has pro­duced high cal­i­bre grad­u­ates equipped with pro­fes­sional IBM cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. Un­der this col­lab­o­ra­tion, First City UC pro­vides teach­ing re­sources and fa­cil­i­ties, whilst IBM pro­vides lead­ing soft­ware, course­ware, train­ing and test­ing nec­es­sary to gain cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. First City UC had also adopted IBM cur­ricu­lum in their home- grown de­gree pro­grammes.

The en­gi­neer­ing and com­put­ing stu­dents stand to ben­e­fit from the many sem­i­nars and work­shops or­gan­ised by the fac­ulty, which reg­u­larly in­vites speak­ers and ex­perts from the rel­e­vant in­dus­tries to im­part their ex­ten­sive knowl­edge on the know- hows with stu­dents. There are also reg­u­lar in­dus­trial vis­its ar­range­ments, which al­low th­ese stu­dents to wit­ness and ob­serve the in­ner work­ings of real world pro­cesses.

With all th­ese knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence, it is no sur­prise that many of First City UC’s alumni go on to se­cure jobs at rep­utable com­pa­nies and achieve high em­ploy­a­bil­ity rates.

To find out more about the var­i­ous pro­grammes and schol­ar­ships be­ing of­fered at First City UC, visit its March Open Day – held ev­ery week­end of the month from 10am un­til 6pm.

Coun­sel­lors are also avail­able for con­sul­ta­tion dur­ing week­days from 8.30 am to 6pm.

For de­tails, con­tact First City Univer­sity Col­lege, Ban­dar Utama at 03- 7727 3200, e- mail en­quiry@ firstc­ity. edu. my or log on to www. firstc­ity. edu. my. You can also visit face­book. com/ firstc­i­tyUC. univer­si­ties in In­dia of­fers first pri­or­ity and guar­an­tee seats for Adroit Col­lege stu­dents pro­vided they meet the min­i­mum aca­demic re­quire­ment. Since 2012, Nu­gra­han has suc­cess­ful placed more than 150 Adroit Col­lege grad­u­ates in for­eign and Malaysian univer­si­ties.

Adroit Col­lege is the only in­sti­tu­tion that pre­pares Malaysian stu­dents for the In­dia Qual­i­fy­ing Ex­am­i­na­tion and a num­ber of In­done­sian en­trance ex­ams. This gives Adroit stu­dents an added ad­van­tage as their cur­ricu­lum also pre­pares them for th­ese in­ter­na­tional univer­sity en­try ex­ams. With a high suc­cess rate in Adroit Col­lege’s Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence pro­gramme, par­ents can rest as­sured that their child will not only be re­ceiv­ing a qual­ity pre- u education but also a com­plete path­way in achiev­ing a health sci­ence de­gree.

Seats for the Foun­da­tion in Sci­ence pro­gramme are lim­ited.

For stu­dents who have just com­pleted their sec­ondary education and are in­ter­ested in pur­su­ing a de­gree in Health Sci­ence, call now to re­ceive a free one- on- one con­sul­ta­tion. Con­tact 1800 222 939 or 03- 2166 2740 and let the ex­perts in the in­dus­try as­sist you.

First City uC in a re­cent Mou sign­ing with IBM Malaysia.

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