First City UC cel­e­brates stu­dents’ fi­nal-year projects

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AS the world moves into the dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy era in re­cent decades, First City Univer­sity Col­lege con­tin­ues to cel­e­brate the power of in­no­va­tion in its as­pir­ing young en­gi­neers, pro­gram­mers and IT spe­cial­ists, by host­ing the an­nual In­no­va­tion Day. This year marks the sixth year since the event was first held.

The event, or­gan­ised re­cently by the Fac­ulty of Engi­neer­ing and Com­put­ing, show­cased its stu­dents’ most in­no­va­tive projects and pro­vided them with the op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate their cre­ativ­ity and skills to prospec­tive em­ploy­ers and in­dus­try play­ers in at­ten­dance.

A to­tal of 50 projects were put on dis­play, which in­clude the fi­nal-year works of stu­dents who stud­ied BEng (Hons) in Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic Engi­neer­ing and BSc (Hons) Soft­ware Engi­neer­ing pro­grammes, as well as se­lected projects by Diploma in In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and Diploma in Mecha­tron­ics stu­dents.

First City UC’s In­no­va­tion Day is highly an­tic­i­pated each year since its de­but in 2012.

It serves as a plat­form for the stu­dents to con­nect with the in­dus­try for em­ploy­ment, as the event of­ten at­tracts po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers and part­ners with a long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship with First City UC.

The univer­sity’s engi­neer­ing and com­put­ing grad­u­ates are highly sought af­ter; with stu­dents re­ceiv­ing em­ploy­ment of­fers.

High­lights of this year’s projects were Aug­mented Farm­ing Eco-sys­tem Controller, Three Pil­lars of Hope: In­ter­ac­tive Game for De­pressed In­di­vid­u­als, Aug­mented Re­al­ity App us­ing Fidu­cial Marker, Prehistoric Stereo­scopic Mu­seum In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem and Au­to­matic Li­cense Plate Recog­ni­tion for Park­ing Man­age­ment.

Stu­dents came up with the idea for the projects, which are rel­e­vant to the cur­rent mar­ket de­mand. They spend up to six months work­ing along­side their su­per­vi­sors and lec­tur­ers.

Best projects in the ex­hi­bi­tion were awarded cash prizes by the fac­ulty, to mo­ti­vate and en­cour­age stu­dents to con­tinue pro­duc­ing and cre­at­ing more in­no­va­tions.

Win­ners were cho­sen through 70% pro­fes­sional as­sess­ment and 30% vot­ing process, car­ried out through an on­line sur­vey de­vel­oped by a BSc (Hons) Soft­ware Engi­neer­ing, Year 2 stu­dent.

Dur­ing the event, stu­dents were en­light­ened by a talk ses­sion pre­sented by Cre­ative Dreams In­ter­na­tional Sdn Bhd’s Maria Ra­jen who spoke on “Techno­preneur­ship”.

They learnt how their tech­nol­ogy and dig­i­tal knowl­edge ac­quired in univer­sity can be har­nessed with en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills to cre­ate a re­ward­ing and suc­cess­ful ca­reer when they grad­u­ate.

First City UC con­stantly works with col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ners like IBM Malaysia and Google Malaysia to en­hance the stu­dents’ learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, by ex­pos­ing them to the dig­i­tal in­dus­try.

It also de­signs spe­cially crafted cour­ses that equip stu­dents with the nec­es­sary skills rel­e­vant to the in­dus­try for im­me­di­ate em­ploy­ment.

Im­mi­nently, the Fac­ulty of Engi­neer­ing and Com­put­ing is rolling out its own home­grown pro­grammes, of­fer­ing Bach­e­lor’s De­grees in Elec­tronic Engi­neer­ing, Com­puter Science (In­tel­li­gent Sys­tems) and In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems in Busi­ness Man­age­ment, which are cur­rently ac­cept­ing reg­is­tra­tions for the Septem­ber 2017 in­take.

In the near fu­ture, as the fac­ulty con­tin­ues in­no­vat­ing it­self to keep up with in­dus­try de­mands, there will be more new pro­grammes for stu­dents wish­ing to pur­sue ca­reers in in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy field, in par­tic­u­lar mo­bile com­put­ing, net­work­ing and se­cu­rity.

Reg­is­tra­tion is open for pro­grammes at diploma, de­gree and mas­ter’s lev­els for the Au­gust, Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber in­takes.

Stu­dents will be able to en­joy an Early Bird Dis­count off the first se­mes­ter’s tu­ition fees if they reg­is­ter now. This of­fer is valid via calling the mar­ket­ing de­part­ment at 03-7727 3200.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the var­i­ous pro­grammes, schol­ar­ships and in­cen­tives of­fered at First City UC, stu­dents are wel­come to visit the cam­pus dur­ing the June Open Day on June 17 and 18, 10am to 6pm where they would be able to check out First City UC’s new cam­pus fa­cil­i­ties and meet the aca­demic staff.

At­ten­tive coun­sel­lors are avail­able to at­tend to any en­quiries in­clud­ing week­ends dur­ing this pe­riod.

■ For de­tails, call the mar­ket­ing de­part­ment, First City Univer­sity Col­lege, at 03-7727 3200, e-mail en­quiry@firstc­ity.edu.my or visit www.firstc­ity.edu.my. You can also fol­low the lat­est up­dates on Face­book (@firstc­i­tyuc) and In­sta­gram (@firstc­ity.uc).

A to­tal of 50 projects by Engi­neer­ing and Com­put­ing stu­dents were show­cased at First City UC’s Sixth In­no­va­tion Day.

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