by SULHI KHALID/ pic by BLOOMBERG
DIGITISATION and Internet of Things (IoT) development will pave the way for more career opportunities particularly data scientists, while not replacing certain jobs.
Siemens Malaysia Sdn Bhd senior VP and head of digital industries Adam Yee said most employers are also on the lookout for graduates who can do analytics as a result of the rapid pace of technological and digital change.
“The challenge is not about people losing their jobs (due to automation).
“It is about whether people can fill up these new high-tech skill jobs,” he said at the memorandum of understanding signing ceremony between Siemens Malaysia and Malaysian Technical University Network (MTUN) in Petaling Jaya, yesterday.
Siemens has partnered MTUN to produce highly technical graduate experts for specialised automation and technology careers.
“What Malaysia needs is skilled labour, and our universities have produced enough engineering graduates.
“Malaysia is lack of high competence-based curriculum…this programme is filling the (requirements of) competence-based for our graduates,” said Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) deputy VC Prof Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman.
Following the partnership, a new degree programme was launched — namely Bachelor of Technology (Hons) Degree in Industrial Electronic Automation — with the first intake of 30 students to be enrolled on Sept 1.
The first batch of student enrolment will be undertaken by Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) and UTHM. The second intake will be done at a later stage for two other institutions, namely Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) and Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP).
UniMAP Faculty of Engineering Technology (Electronic Department) lecturer Ahmad Nasir Che Rosli said the involvement of industries in developing the curriculum has been very encouraging.
“In fact, MTUN has always engaged with the industries right from the start of the development process.
“Our practice is to have a series of workshops and meetings organised together, be it at the MTUN level or the university level,” he said.
MTUN is an umbrella network of four universities, namely UMP, UniMAP, UTHM and UTeM.