Information Technology has had its hey-days when it was at its prime during the mid and late 1990s. This was when every IT graduate was almost certain of a well-paying job after they finish their studies.
Computer Science – Future proof and Always Relevant
Over the next years, IT has grown and branched to many new areas while there were certain years when its popularity diminished. But this has been an area which has maintained its relevance through the many years. In fact, IT has created some of the richest people in the world today.
Do you have the steel to chart a career in IT?
Studying IT is not a simple matter. It is not Rocket Science either. In fact, IT is often integrated with Computer Science where they basically could mean the same thing although there is some very small difference among them. What you will learn in Computer Science is basically what makes computer works and how do you program it to follow your instructions. In other words, you will be learning new languages that can communicate with the machines so that they can help you solve complex real-life problems. Among the skills that you might need to study IT include:
- Logic – This is where you need to have a linear thinking method to solve mathematical problems
- Analytical skills – Required so that you can try to solve problems using different approaches
- Communication – This is not an easy task because you have to articulate technical terms to business owners and operations
What you are expected to study?
If you think that Computer Science is all about software and hardware, then you are VERY WRONG! There are many different areas of specialization in this course which you can focus on. This includes:
- Computer Security – Studying and learning about the device and network security and their protocols
- Artificial Intelligence – Known in short as AI, this is where you study how to make the computer ‘think’ like the human. It is currently one of the most demanded courses in the world today
- Internet Technology – Let you study about how the internet works and its lying fundamentals. Today, it involves mobile platforms as well as security too
- Networking – The idea is to have you learn about data communications and any networking technology that are currently being used in the market
- Software Engineering – You will learn how programs are written and developed using market-oriented methodologies and styles
Are you Eligible to study IT?
Generally, you will need a basic qualification to be eligible in enrolling for this course. Take note that you should have a good result in Mathematics not because there are a lot of numbers but because there will be calculations involved. To pursue a degree in IT (or any of its specializations), you should have at least 5 Credits in SPM/ ‘O’ Levels or its equivalent. That will gain you entry into one of the Pre-University course. From there, you should have at least:
- 2Es in your ‘A’ Level or
- 2Cs in STPM – This must include Mathematics or
- Minimum ATAR 60.0 in Australian Matriculation or
- At least average of 55% in your Canadian Pre-University or
- At least 2.0 CGPA in Foundation in Science
What are your options?
Typically, you will go through 3 years of study in order to complete a degree in IT or Computer Science. You could go through a Diploma course where you would most likely be given exemptions to continue in the second year after finishing your course (typically 2 years). After that, you can continue to your postgraduate course or take up a professional paper. Here are some of the jobs that you can expect to get after graduation (depending on your major).
- Business Analyst
- Software Engineer
- Mobile App Developer
- Network Specialist
- Enterprise Distributed Application Developer
- IT Analyst
- IT Project Manager
Below are some of the major universities across Malaysia that offer degrees in IT and its specializations.
Asia Pacific University – Most established universities in IT
APU has been one of the earliest institutes of higher learning to have offered courses and qualifications in IT. It started out as APIIT or Asia-Pacific Institute of Information Technology before becoming a full-fledged university. At APU, you can enroll for Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Hons) which is a 3-year course costing about RM85,000.
INTI International University – Affordable International Degrees
At INTI, you can enroll for Bachelor (Hons) of Computer Science. This course, depending on the specialization is about RM70,000 and you can apply for scholarships of up to 100% of the tuition fees.
The University of Nottingham Malaysia – International University in Malaysia
At the University of Nottingham Malaysia, you can enroll for the Bachelor of Science (Hons) Computer Science course. For 3 years, the fees are about RM120,000 and you get to study this course with AI which is one of the most demanded areas of specializations currently.
SEGi University – Affordable and Value for Money
If you are looking for a more affordable option and one which provides you with the best experience, then SEGi University’s Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) might be your answer. After all, the fees for this degree is about RM65,000 with 100% scholarship on tuition fees available.
Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – Global degree completed locally
You will appreciate the globalized classroom here with students coming from across the world. Typically, you will like the campus located in Cyberjaya in which you get to enroll for the Bachelor of Computer Science in Cloud Computing Technology. Although Limkokwing has often been associated with design courses, the Faculty of ICT has been growing rapidly in the past few years and is now among the largest school in the university.