Pro­duc­ing all-rounded grad­u­ates

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STU­DENTS who are look­ing to ven­ture into the ex­cit­ing field of com­puter sci­ence and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy (IT) can pur­sue ter­tiary stud­ies at Quest In­ter­na­tional Uni­ver­sity Perak (QIUP) in Ipoh, Perak.

Ar­eas re­lated to com­puter sci­ence and IT of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for re­ward­ing ca­reers across in­dus­tries, any­where in the world.

With more and more busi­nesses go­ing dig­i­tal, IT is now re­garded the world’s fastest-grow­ing in­dus­try.

The key to choos­ing the right pro­gramme is in con­sid­er­ing how it can help you be com­pe­tent and skilled enough for in­dus­try needs. In IT, a good pro­gramme should equip you with knowl­edge in sub­jects such as ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and blockchain.

Pro­grammes of­fered by QIUP’s Fac­ulty of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy en­sure stu­dents are job-ready upon grad­u­a­tion.

The Bach­e­lor of Com­puter Sci­ence (Hons) pro­gramme is a com­put­ing course aimed at pro­duc­ing grad­u­ates who can cre­ate new soft­ware so­lu­tions to al­ter the struc­ture of var­i­ous in­dus­tries.

One ma­jor high­light of the pro­gramme is its in­no­va­tive cur­ricu­lum that bal­ances the­ory and ap­pli­ca­tion.

Stu­dents un­dergo com­pe­tency-based learn­ing on tech­ni­cal sub­jects with in­ten­sive in­dus­trial train­ing, giv­ing them sub­stan­tial ex­po­sure to the lat­est tech­nolo­gies and tools used in IT.

Project work in the fi­nal year of the pro­gramme in­cludes tak­ing on so­lu­tion­fo­cused case stud­ies that pro­vide un­der­grad­u­ates with the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply their knowl­edge and pre­pare them for real-world sce­nar­ios.

Stu­dents can choose foren­sic com­put­ing, cloud com­put­ing, soft­ware en­gi­neer­ing, in­tel­li­gent sys­tems, dis­trib­uted sys­tems, se­cu­rity, data­base man­age­ment or em­bed­ded sys­tems as their spe­cial­i­sa­tions.

These spe­cial­i­sa­tions proved to be in­dus­try-rel­e­vant when QIUP’s first batch of com­puter sci­ence grad­u­ates were em­ployed by rep­utable or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Petronas and Omega En­gi­neer­ing.

The Bach­e­lor of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (Hons) pro­gramme aims to ex­pose stu­dents to the de­sign, de­vel­op­ment and ap­pli­ca­tion of in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nolo­gies to help pro­fes­sion­als thrive in a chal­leng­ing busi­ness cli­mate.

This pro­gramme em­pha­sises ac­qui­si­tion of spe­cialised skills needed for suc­cess­ful, longterm ca­reers in IT. Stu­dents learn how to in­te­grate ad­vanced com­put­ing the­o­ries with core com­pe­ten­cies in project man­age­ment, cy­ber­preneur­ship and busi­ness in­tel­li­gence to ful­fil the de­mands of the IT in­dus­try.

This pro­gramme bal­ances the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions in a broad range of In­ter­net tech­nolo­gies.

In ad­di­tion, stu­dents un­dergo ex­ten­sive lab­o­ra­tory prac­tice with in­dus­trial train­ing de­signed to pro­vide sub­stan­tial ex­po­sure to real-world IT.

Through this pro­gramme, they de­velop strong an­a­lyt­i­cal skills and ap­ply crit­i­cal think­ing abil­i­ties to solve com­plex busi­ness prob­lems with knowl­edge and prin­ci­ples in IT.

QIUP is among the first var­si­ties in the world to is­sue aca­demic cer­tifi­cates on blockchain.

The uni­ver­sity is launch­ing the eCam­pus mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion, which is a stu­dent-led project that aims to make QIUP a cash­less cam­pus.

The uni­ver­sity’s quest is to de­velop all-rounded grad­u­ates who not only ex­celled in their stud­ies but also ac­tively par­tic­i­pated in var­i­ous con­fer­ences, ed­u­ca­tional com­pe­ti­tions and sports.

QIUP’s com­puter sci­ence stu­dents, Dick­son Chin, Wil­son Ho, Ivan Fong and Wong Kok, did the uni­ver­sity proud when they won sev­eral prizes at the 40th Sci­ence En­gi­neer­ing and De­sign Ex­hi­bi­tion.

Their project, In­tel­li­gent Park­ing Sys­tem, bagged three prizes – the gold medal in the Open In­no­va­tion Chal­lenge cat­e­gory, Most In­no­va­tive Award and Best Poster Award.

Not to be out­done, the QIUP de­bate team won top po­si­tions in three cat­e­gories at the Na­tional English Olympics last year. QIUP was crowned first run­ner-up over­all.

Be­sides ed­u­ca­tional com­pe­ti­tions, QIUP stu­dents also par­tic­i­pate in sports com­pe­ti­tions with out­stand­ing re­sults. One of its stu­dents, Chathura Mi­hiruk, was awarded Player of the Tour­na­ment in cricket at the Perak Su­per League last year. The team fin­ished fourth over­all.

The uni­ver­sity’s hockey teams were first and sec­ond run­ner­sup at last year’s Pesta Hoki in Pe­nang. Other com­pe­ti­tions QIUP stu­dents take part in in­clude fut­sal, bas­ket­ball, bad­minton and chess.

The uni­ver­sity firmly be­lieves that hav­ing stu­dents com­pete in ex­tracur­ric­u­lar events can help them de­velop nec­es­sary lead­er­ship skills re­quired in the work­ing world.

There are five fac­ul­ties at QIUP – medicine, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, busi­ness and man­age­ment, so­cial sciences, and phar­macy – of­fer­ing pro­grammes at foun­da­tion, diploma and bach­e­lor’s lev­els.

QIUP’s in­terim cam­pus is strate­gi­cally lo­cated in Ipoh away from the dis­trac­tions of bustling city life. It pro­vides a lower cost of liv­ing and an en­vi­ron­ment con­ducive to learn­ing.

Should you have high hopes of hav­ing a rich stu­dent life and op­por­tu­ni­ties to in­ter­act with the best aca­demi­cians, QIUP is the an­swer.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 05-2490500, e-mail en­quiries@qiup. edu.my or visit

QIUP stu­dents are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties to strengthen their per­sonal and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

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