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Jin Cheng (left) and Wen Qing, receiving the prize on behalf of the team, from Joel Conover
Jin Cheng (left) and Wen Qing, receiving the prize on behalf of the team, from Joel Conover

First Place at the Keysight IoT Innovation Challenge Finals in New York

UTAR Lee Long Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science students Lim Wen Qing, Au Jin Cheng, Yap Sheng Yao, Tan Kai Siang and Khor Jun Bin won first (1st) place in the Smart Water category at the finals of the Keysight IoT Innovation Challenge held in New York, USA from 21 to 22 September 2019. The winning prize was USD25,000 and Keysight test equipment worth USD25,000. Keysight Technologies Inc sponsored two students from the UTAR team, Lim Wen Qing and Au Jin Cheng for an all-expenses paid trip to New York covering the airfare, accommodation, meals and transportation, to present their invention at the finals before a team of judges.

The Keysight IoT Innovation Challenge is a design competition that challenges engineering students worldwide to conceptualise low-power sensor networks to tackle issues brought on by today’s rapid urbanisation. The competition had two tracks/categories, namely The Smart Land challenge and The Smart Water challenge and the challenge was open to all countries in the region of Asia Pacific and Greater China, Europe, and the USA.

The UTAR students invented a smart device that can monitor water pollutants in rivers and lakes with readings that can be downloaded (through an app) by the community to monitor the quality of water. This device, titled the IoT Detachable Waterway Monitoring Device with LoRa and Self-Sustainability, uses natural energy sources from the sun, wind and water. It is truly an ingenious invention with much engineering and scientific principles applied.

The team members, at the idea conception and construction stages, worked rather independently on their own, seeking assistance for supporting resources from their advisor and lecturer Ir Danny Ng Wee Kiat. They spent hours and brainstorming sessions looking into the intricacies of the device to ensure that the model is tested for practicality and precision.

The preliminary stage of the Keysight IoT Innovation Challenge required participants to present their design ideas via online written and video submissions. It saw the participation of universities from three regions, namely the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific & Greater China. The preliminary stage attracted nearly 300 entries worldwide in both tracks.

Among the countries which participated in the Asia-Pacific and Greater China region were Australia, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. Within this region, more than 30 universities took part in the competition. From Malaysia alone, 10 universities, both public and private, participated in this challenge. Ultimately, the UTAR team was the only team selected as the finalist from the Asia-Pacific and Greater China region.

A total of six teams from both tracks (Smart Land and Smart Water), including UTAR, advanced to the final stage. The other five finalists were student teams from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA), Stanford University (USA), Massey University (New Zealand), Institute of Engineering & Management (India), and the University of Technology of Compiègne (France).

UTAR team’s winning entry, the IoT Detachable Waterway Monitoring Device with LoRa and Self-Sustainability, is a system device that consists of four major component functions which are, monitoring of the water contents— its acidity, temperature, turbidity, etc; reporting of the data using peer-to-peer LoRa Mesh network; analysis of data collected in the cloud using machine learning algorithm; and energy harvesting system which includes solar, hydro and wind energy for self-sustainability of the device.

According to the team, the node to node communication present in each device enables it to form a large sensor monitoring network. Moreover, Machine Learning is used to analyse the data collected for anomaly detection. The data collected can be used to predict the future condition of waterways for preventive purposes. It is self-sustainable with the help of renewable energy integrated into the system. The monitoring device is modular and can be modified based on the environment. Another feature of the system device also allows the public and community to report on any pollution found in waters, hence making it more community-driven.

By creating a massive monitoring network, the team believes that the system will be able to monitor every single point from all around the world and an immediate response can be taken whenever the water quality reaches a critical stage.

The concept and idea, according to the UTAR winning team, was inspired by the recent water pollution and contamination incident that took place in the state of Johor, Malaysia. Over 2,500 people were affected by gas poisoning and 111 schools were closed as a result of illegally dumped chemical wastes in the river.  With a great concern to help solve this problem to prevent the people and the environment from suffering the same fate again in the future, the UTAR team discussed in great length and came up with this brilliant invention to help monitor and report on the quality of water in the waterways.

Wen Qing said that, “In my opinion, the two possible reasons why we won this competition are that firstly, this device was created in relation to an actual problem that took place in Malaysia. Secondly, this device is modular. We have incorporated three energy harvesting systems to charge the battery. They are solar, hydro and wind energy. The solar panels, wind turbine and water turbine are detachable. Only the necessary parts will be installed on the device depending on the environment. For example, in the forest, solar and wind energy are not reliable. Thus, only a water turbine is attached to the device.”

He added further that, “This device was put to actual test on a river and it worked. We spent one week to test out the device in the Kuala Selangor River. The judges were also impressed that this device is very much community-oriented. People can easily report on any pollution found in waters by merely using an app. They can easily gain access to the data (condition of water) as well.”

He elaborated that the most amazing feat was that this device was created and built from scratch with support from the University. The process itself was educational and the team members were very hardworking and focussed. The collaborative teamwork to design and put all pieces together eventually was truly gratifying in the end.

Wen Qing, on behalf of his team, said, “I find the idea behind this challenge very useful as it greatly benefits the society and it looks into sustainability. The challenge was well organised and professionally implemented despite being held for the first time. Personally, it was an amazing experience. My team members and I feel very fortunate to have won this challenge.”

The team’s adviser and lecturer, Ir Danny Ng said that, “The IoT Keysight Challenge presented an opportunity for the students to compete with others on the world stage. The opportunity presented also enabled our students to compete and interact with students from other international universities during the time spent in New York. Through this challenge our students also gained valuable technical knowledge that will enhance their employability.”

At the finals in New York, the students demonstrated their design and systems device at a live-streamed event before a panel of esteemed judges. These judges include United Nations Public Information Officer Ariel Alexovich, Founder & CEO of LunaSonde-cum-Student Innovator Jeremiah Pate, Electrical Engineer and YouTube star a.k.a. “ElectroBOOM” Mehdi Sadaghdar, Senior Technical Editor for Aspencore Media Martin Rowe, Keysight Corporate and Portfolio Marketing Vice President Jeff Harris,  General Manager of Keysight Electronic Industrial Products Christopher Cain, and Keysight Education & General Electronics Measurement Solutions Vice President Ee Huei Sin.

UTAR is a not-for-profit university, so the students did not have access to huge funding for a start. However, these students were ingenious and resourceful. With much hard work and determination, they exceled and built the device using existing resources available to them. They also managed to source a sponsor who lent them testing equipment for the device.  These students have brought much pride to their friends in the faculty, their family, the university and the country.  Well done.

For more information on Keysight’s IoT Innovation Challenge, check out the event website at https://www.iotchallengekeysight.com/. A video on the competition is available here.

Keysight Technologies, Inc. is a leading technology company that helps enterprises, service providers and governments accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight's solutions optimise networks and bring electronic products to market faster and at a lower cost with offerings from design simulation, to prototype validation, to manufacturing test, to optimisation in networks and cloud environments. Customers span the worldwide communications ecosystem, aerospace and defence, automotive, energy, semiconductor, and general electronics end markets. With the IoT Innovation Challenge, Keysight is looking for next-generation engineers who can think big and small to innovate solutions to the challenges that arise in this ever-changing world.

Empowering Women in Science
From left: Prof Rofina, Dr Tonya, Prof Datuk Asma, Prof Cheong and Prof Lim at the launching ceremony

Empowering Women in Science

The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) Malaysia National Chapter (MNC) was relaunched at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on 21 August 2019. The launch was held after the 8th year of establishment of the OWSD NMC in facilitating the advancement of women in science and technology in Malaysia since its establishment on 11 August 2011.

The event also witnessed the launching of the new logo for the women empowering organisation, which will see OWSD NMC working closely with OWSD International in the future to enhance women’s capabilities and contributions particularly in the field of science in developing nations.

Present during the ceremony were President of Academy of Sciences Malaysia Prof Datuk Dr Asma Ismail, OWSD International Representative Dr Tonya Blowers, OWSD Malaysia National Chapter Chairperson Prof Dr Lim Yang Mooi, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean Emeritus Prof Dr Cheong Soon Kheng, Universiti Malaya Prof Dr Rofina Yasmin binti Othman, international and local prestigious speakers and participants.

Prof Lim said, “I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to everyone for being with us today. This is an exciting moment because we have worked very hard to sustain this organisation and we managed to make it a success with great teamwork and support from the organising committee. The OWSD Malaysian National Chapter aims to facilitate changes in the socio-economic structure, paving the way for women to excel and thrive in Science and Technology.”

Dr Tonya remarked, “It is fantastic to be here and a great privilege to see all of you and well done for organising this event. It requires a lot of administrations and applications to get to this stage. OWSD is 26 years old this year, and we organise forums for women scientists globally to network with each other. The membership provides a place where you are able to share the specific challenges you’ve faced as well as the best practices with each other. Aside from that, OWSD also provides research training and career development for women scientists throughout the developing world at different stages in their careers.”

Prof Datuk Asma in her speech said, “This is a place where women from various countries gather to network with each other and get to know the specific challenges faced by different women in different countries. But at the end of the day, we still share some commonalities and we shall work together to overcome these challenges. There are challenges in science as well as in research and development and we need to do something different to explore researches that could help people with low resources.”

OWSD is an international non-profit organisation based at the offices of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), in Trieste, Italy, a programme unit of UNESCO. OWSD was founded in 1987 and is the first international forum to unite eminent women scientists from the developing and developed worlds with the objective of strengthening their role in the development process and promoting their representation in scientific and technological leadership. OWSD provides research training, career development and networking opportunities for women scientists throughout the developing world at different stages in their careers.

Apart from that, forums and workshops were also held from 20 August to 24 August 2019 for the participants. A forum titled “Women in Science” was held prior to the launching ceremony of OWSD MNC. The forum saw Prof Datuk Asma, University of Nottingham Malaysia Dr Ho Weang-Kee and Managing Director Global Reference Solutions, Elsevier Sumita Singh as the speakers. It was chaired by Prof Lim.

Prof Datuk Asma in her talk titled “Empower Women in Leadership” said, “Leadership should be gender-neutral. It is about the character, attribute and personality. Studies have shown that leaders are 30% genetic but the rest is to develop leadership skills. To be a leader, you must have courage and commitment as well as the skills and experience. Leaders learn by doing, through experience and not by words alone. Experiential learning is important. It is part and parcel of the curriculum in higher learning institutions so that students can pick up skills as they develop as the future nation builders.” She also spoke about women as leaders, the concept of leadership, dealing with society’s perceptions on women, the qualities of women and how to empower women to become leaders.

The session was followed by Dr Ho’s talk titled “Chance and Choice” where she spoke about her life experience and provided career advice. She said, “It is by chance and by choice that we are at what we are today because there is a series of decisions to be made. It is important to work with purpose and meaning; let’s love what we do and turn your job into passion”

Dr Sumita presented her talk titled “Analysis of Research Performance through a Gender Lens”. She said, “I would like to share with you the business perspective and why diversity in research matters. Diversity comes in many types but we focus on the diversity of gender. The proportion and number of researchers by females are increasing but it is still unrepresented. Researchers need to think about the societal impact before publishing. You need to be proactive in networking and seize the opportunity as it comes.”

Extracoffeenery Carnival Returns
From left: Chee, Dr Lim, Tan, Chen, Lau, and Mok launching the carnival

Extracoffeenery Carnival Returns

The Department of Soft Skills Components (DSSC) Kampar Campus joined hands with SJK(C) New Kopisan’s Board of Management in bringing back the Extracoffeenery Carnival 2019 at SJK(C) New Kopisan on 11 August 2019. 

Present to officiate the opening ceremony were Perak State Executive Council for Tourism, Arts and Culture Tan Kar Hing; UTAR Faculty of Science Dean Assoc Prof Dr Lim Tuck Meng representing UTAR Vice President for Student Development and Alumni Relations Prof Dr Choong Chee Keong; SJK (C) New Kopisan Board of Management Chairman Chen Kong Hoy; The Alley Perak Director Morris Lau Wah Sing and Manager Marcus Mok Pooi Zheng; DSSC Kampar Campus assistance lecturer-cum-Extracoffeenery Carnival advisor Fong Kah Hoong and assistance lecturer-cum-drama performance director Sheela Yeoh; and Organising Chairperson Chee Zhen Fei.

Among the crowd were Kopisan villagers, residents from around Gopeng, sponsors, school students, visitors, UTAR staff and students.

In his speech, Tan mentioned that there must a concerted effort among all parties such as education institutions, government bodies, and the local residents to explore the potential of local attractions for economic development purpose. “This has to be done by engaging with people from all walks of life. With the rise of technology today, conventional ways of promoting local attractions may no longer be relevant. There has to be new and creative ways to promote local tourism,” mentioned the Perak EXCO. He added that despite the government’s as well as relevant bodies’ efforts in, there must also be the support from the community to fully leverage on the existing strengths and investment from the many parties. 

In appreciation of the organisers’ efforts in promoting local tourism in line with the state government’s initiatives, Tan also sponsored RM5,000 to the carnival on behalf of the Perak state government. 

Held for the second time, the main objectives of the Extracoffeenery Carnival include allowing the public to discover, explore and experience Kopisan New Village’s coffee as well as the local culture and attractions; and creating a platform promoting local heritage and building social network among the community. The carnival also breathed a new life into the aging new village. 

Targeting both UTAR students as well as the general public,  the activities carried out included treasure hunt, free eye screening test, colouring contest, coffee sampling and workshop, mural dedication ceremony, Frisbee training camp, drama performance and others. Most of the activities were carried out by UTARians from various faculties undertaking MPU U4 subjects for the semester under the lead of Fong and Yeoh. 

Read about the carnival held in previous year(s): Boosting sustainable coffee tourism at Kopisan new village 

Education and The Community-STEM Workshops Enhance Primary School Students' Learning Experience
The elements of play and experimentation created a unique educational experience for the school students during the workshop

Education and The Community: STEM Workshops Enhance Primary School Students' Learning Experience

In order to incite students’ enthusiasm and interest in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), UTAR Department of Soft Skills Competency (DSSC) of Sungai Long Campus organised STEM workshops at SJKC Kampung Baru Paroi and SJKC Kampung Baru Rahang on 24 August 2019.

The event was led by DSSC staff Lim Jia Jia and Leow Siew Yng together with UTAR students. They engaged with roughly two hundred primary school students in a line-up of activities and games such as magic balloon, invisible ink, non-Newtonian, rice vacuum, dancing marble, paper rocket, stable building, and running CD. 

The objectives of the event were to enhance the relationship between teachers and students and improve primary school students’ knowledge related to science. It also aimed to increase their interest in learning science. UTAR students utilised existing and everyday materials to make scientific exploration accessible for school students, allowing them to explore the scientific principles in a more interesting way.

A Q&A session was also held at the end of the event. It aimed to test the scientific principles that the school students have learned during the event. The session was conducted with the purpose of promoting interaction between UTAR students and school students while enhancing their understanding of science. During the Q&A session, 36 science storybooks were given out to students as prizes.

SJKC Kampung Baru Rahang Principal Goh Choon Lan commented that the event provided students with real-time simulations and contextualised application of relevant science content. She believes that this would trigger their interest in science. She also hoped that UTAR would continue to promote more similar events in the future to stimulate students’ interest in learning.

The event had successfully created a meaningful and engaging experience for UTAR students while meeting the community needs. Through this community service, UTAR students were able to discover their connection with others and their potential for positive impact in the society. One of the UTAR students, Yew Wei Wen said that she was very happy to return to her alma mater—SJKC Kampung Baru Rahang. She said that the event offered a series of interesting activities that successfully attracted the school students, giving them opportunities to learn while having fun. 

Bachelor of Technology (Honours) in Industrial Management
Industrial Management career opportunities

UTAR Offers New Industrial Management Programme

Technological advancement has become an integral part of Malaysia's growth as an industrialised nation. With the help of technology, Malaysia is steadfast in providing for the modern day requirements of investor companies based in the country. Malaysia is one of the most technologically developed countries amongst industrialising nations in the ASEAN region. The nation's persistent drive to engage modern technologies proves to be a great advantage to manufacturers in Malaysia.

In the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (11MP) 2016-2020, the government will continue to push the agenda of producing human capital that is equipped with the right knowledge, skills, and attitudes to thrive in a globalised economy. By the end of the 11MP, 85,000 employers are expected to adopt policies in the 11MP, compared with 76,000 in 2013, which will benefit about 3.7 million employees. In addition, continuous upskilling and reskilling of the existing workforce will contribute to productivity growth. As a university committed to offer undergraduate programmes which encourage the intellectual and personal development of students, as well as respond to demands of the country, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) through its Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT) is unveiling a new programme which specialises on the development of human capital in the manufacturing sector.

The new Bachelor of Technology (Honours) in Industrial Management programme is designed in such a way that it will propel the students towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) with the strengths and knowledge in manufacturing, services, technology, and marketing research. The programme provides extensive understanding and knowledge of mastering the management of industry especially in manufacturing. Starting with basic business and management principles, the framework has been designed in such a way that it will benefit candidates in capitalising IT appliances to serve international operations. This programme provides an opportunity for employment in all of the major disciplines of Industrial Management or widely known as Operation Management. Graduates in this discipline will be looking forward to offer their services in various public and private sectors that include manufacturing, petroleum, banking and research entities. Organisationally, graduates will be employed in the Manufacturing, Logistics, Safety and Quality sectors as Project Planner, Scheduler and Researcher.

The knowledge in Industrial Management is important for the perpetuation of human knowledge as well as the development of our nation. According to 11MP’s fifth core, infrastructure to support economic expansion is to be strengthened. This includes the effort to improve the coverage, quality and affordability of infrastructure. Hence, we should strive to create and excel in conducting programme in Industrial Management while disseminating the knowledge accrued or mould them into viable technologies. UTAR’s Industrial Management programme would enable the younger generation to be equipped with analytical skills and capabilities to cater to the demands for expertise and professionals in the market. The demand for skilled workers and experts in the area of manufacturing is expected to escalate in the coming years.

The motive of introducing such a programme is to keep abreast with changes in the working environment, as the method of work in industries is shifting from department-based to project-based and multi-tasking. Therefore, an ideal project leader and technologist needs to be equipped with both technical engineering and management knowledge in order to remain competitive. These management knowledge include marketing strategy, cost optimisation, information systems, logistics management, and quality post commissioning. This programme equips student with the necessary knowledge and skill to be a good executive, manager and even technologist.

In line with UTAR’s vision to be a university of educational excellence with transformative societal impact, this three-year undergraduate programme provides a coherent body of professional knowledge and technical skills with the aim to produce competent as well as versatile professionals who can adapt to the diverse roles and responsibilities in a challenging and dynamic work environment. An added bonus to UTAR’s programme is its holistic education approach whereby soft skills-based courses are also integrated into the curriculum in order to improve the students in the areas of communication, complex problem solving, cultural intelligence, leadership, moral ethics, technopreneurship skills, digital literacy and so on. These soft skills are in parallel with the Top 10 skills pinpointed by the World Economic Forum’s “Future of Jobs Report” and essential to survive the giant wave of the oncoming 4IR.

Other undergraduate programmes offered by UTAR FEGT include Electronic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Petrochemical Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental, Occupational Safety and Health (EOSH). Postgraduate programmes such as Master of Engineering Science, Master of Engineering (Electronic Systems), Master of Environmental Technology, Master of Sustainable Construction Management, and Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) are also available.

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) is reputed as one of the fastest growing private higher education institutions in the country since its inception in 2002. From only 411 students, the University now has about 24,000 students with campuses located in Kampar, Perak and Bandar Sungai Long, Selangor. UTAR has graduated over 61,600 students since its inaugural convocation in 2005. The University currently offers more than 110 programmes from Foundation Studies to Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees in the fields of Accounting, Business, Finance and Economics, Actuarial Science, Mathematics and Process Management, Agriculture and Food Science, Arts, Social Sciences and Education, Chinese Studies, Creative Industries, Digital Animation, Multimedia and Design, Engineering and Built Environment, Information and Communication Technology, Life and Physical Sciences, and Medicine and Health Sciences. UTAR is ranked #501-600 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2019, ranked #188 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings 2019 and awarded Self-Accreditation Status by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). For more information, go to www.utar.edu.my or call 05-468 8888 (Kampar Campus), 03- 9086 0288 (Sungai Long Campus).

UTAR’s Open Day will be held on 14 and 15 September 2019 at its Sungai Long Campus in Bandar Sungai Long and Kampar Campus in Perak. UTAR is also having its extended counselling hours at both campuses daily, 9am – 5pm (except for public holidays).

Bachelor of Technology (Honours) in Electronic Systems
Bachelor of Technology (Honours) in Electronic Systems is a new programme offered by UTAR FEGT

UTAR’s New Electronic Systems Programme to Groom Talents

The world is now at the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). Unlike the three preceding revolutions, 4IR involves the extensive application of smart technologies, such as cyber physical systems, the Internet of Things (IoTs) and the Internet of Systems, to improve the quality of life in an exponential manner. The electrical and electronics sector has become the key driving force for the realization of 4IR.

In Malaysia, the electrical and electronics sector contributed RM80 billion to Malaysia's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2018 and created 338,087 jobs. There are 157,000 jobs expected to be generated in the electrical and electronics industry by the year 2020. The electronics companies are involved in diverse areas of the industry from semiconductor to industrial electronics. Hence, there is a clarion call to produce skilled manpower in the areas of electronics engineering and technology.

As a university committed to offer undergraduate programmes which encourage the intellectual and personal development of students, as well as respond to professional and community needs, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) through its Faculty of Engineering and Green Technology (FEGT) is unveiling a new programme which specialises on the development of craftsmanship in the electronics sector. With the introduction of the new Bachelor of Technology (Honours) in Electronic Systems programme, technologists and specialists with the knowledge and expertise of electronic technology would be produced to fulfill the manpower needs of these industries. The programme is designed in such a way that it will propel the students towards 4IR with the strengths and knowledge in smart manufacturing, IoTs, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and so on.

The electrical and electronics industry is targeted under the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) to gear the nation towards high-income economy by focusing on high-value and high-growth manufacturing activities. There is no doubt that, the electrical and electronics industry is one of the indispensable locomotives of the nation’s economy with many lucrative investment and employment opportunities attracting capital, both locally and globally. The new three-year electronic systems technology programme helps to fill up the gap in order to facilitate the growth of the electronics industry and enhance Malaysia’s competitiveness in electronics system technology in the global arena. The new programme places strong emphasis on hands-on practical skills and active industrial involvement in the training of students. The course syllabi are developed with feedbacks from industries to fulfill the skill demands and manpower needs of electronics industries.

“One nuance of this new technology programme is the dissemination of knowledge in the work-based learning environment,” said FEGT Head of Department of Electronic Engineering, Associate Professor Ir Dr Teh Peh Chiong. He explained that most conventional technology programmes conduct classes in an academic environment. In stark contrast to these conventional programmes, however, this new programme allows some of the courses to be conducted in the working environment. “The students can savour the opportunity to complete part of their curricular courses in genuine workplaces. In other words, the programme offers an avenue for the students to study not only in academic, but in real working environment as well. The students can spend a year to study in established companies, such as Infineon and ViTrox. In comparison with fresh graduates who are inexperienced at workplaces, the students who enrolled in this programme have the advantage of being exposed to actual working environment prior their undergraduate graduation. This allows them to adapt to the working environment easily,” Dr Teh further explained.

In line with UTAR’s vision to be a university of educational excellence with transformative societal impact, this three-year undergraduate programme provides a coherent body of professional knowledge, technical skills and soft skills with the aim to produce competent as well as versatile professionals who can adapt to the diverse roles and responsibilities in a challenging and dynamic work environment. Also, the programme is engaged closely with the industries in curriculum development. Hence, the programme structure and syllabi are up-to-date and remain constantly relevant with changes in the technology and industrial requirements. It is therefore capable of producing graduates which could cater for the need and knowledge required in the realisation of 4IR. “Since myriads of new jobs are expected to be generated in the electrical and electronics industry by the year 2020, students who graduate from this programme have sufficient liberty to seek for their career of interest,” added Dr Teh.  

An added bonus to UTAR’s programme is its holistic education approach whereby soft skills-based courses are also integrated into the curriculum in order to improve the students in the areas of communication, complex problem solving, cultural intelligence, leadership, moral ethics, technopreneurship skills, digital literacy and so on. These soft skills are in parallel with the Top 10 skills pinpointed by the World Economic Forum’s “Future of Jobs Report” and essential to survive the giant wave of the oncoming Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The programme’s extensive areas of studies also enable graduates to gain employment in both government and private sectors, particularly in those involved in the electronics sector. Some of these industries include semiconductor manufacturing companies, integrated circuits (ICs) chip manufacturers, automated machine vision inspection system providers, software development companies, embedded systems developers, military and security services, teaching, research, and so on.

Other undergraduate programmes offered by UTAR FEGT include Electronic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Petrochemical Engineering, Construction Management, and Environmental, Occupational Safety and Health (EOSH). Postgraduate programmes such as Master of Engineering Science, Master of Engineering (Electronic Systems), Master of Environmental Technology, Master of Sustainable Construction Management, and Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) are also available.

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) is reputed as one of the fastest growing private higher education institutions in the country since its inception in 2002. From only 411 students, the University now has about 24,000 students with campuses located in Kampar, Perak and Bandar Sungai Long, Selangor. UTAR has graduated over 61,600 students since its inaugural convocation in 2005. The University currently offers more than 110 programmes from Foundation Studies to Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees in the fields of Accounting, Business, Finance and Economics, Actuarial Science, Mathematics and Process Management, Agriculture and Food Science, Arts, Social Sciences and Education, Chinese Studies, Creative Industries, Digital Animation, Multimedia and Design, Engineering and Built Environment, Information and Communication Technology, Life and Physical Sciences, and Medicine and Health Sciences. UTAR is ranked #501-600 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2019, ranked #188 in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings 2019 and awarded Self-Accreditation Status by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA). For more information, go to www.utar.edu.my or call 05-468 8888 (Kampar Campus), 03- 9086 0288 (Sungai Long Campus).

UTAR’s Open Day will be held on 14 and 15 September 2019 at its Sungai Long Campus in Bandar Sungai Long and Kampar Campus in Perak. UTAR is also having its extended counselling hours at both campuses daily, 9am – 5pm (except for public holidays).