HELP Tech Day 2016 prize winners at HELP University from various schools nationwide.
In an increasingly competitive job market, it has become even more vital for information technology (IT) graduates to possess the practical skills and resources necessary to rise above the competition and thrive in the workforce.
The Department of Information Technology at HELP University (HU) has successfully worked with its Industry Advisory Board (IAB) members and industry partners to prepare its graduates for the challenges of IT employment.
The IAB members, leaders in their own field in the IT industry such as HT Consulting, TMS, Money On Line (MOL), SAS, IBM, Microsoft Gamonster, Cradle Fund and Lollipop Lab, continue to engage with HELP students and lecturers providing guest lectures and internships so vital for industry exposure. This valuable collaboration is used to improve and enhance the IT courses at HELP in line with industry needs.
Dr Sien Ven Yu, Head of Department of Information Technology, HU believes the collaboration has yielded concrete results with students creating software development platforms and innovative apps.
“The close collaboration with our IAB members and industry partners has ensured that our IT graduates are industry ready, and their skills, knowledge and experience match industry expectations. Our graduates are in demand and have been offered jobs in leading organizations such as Accenture, IBM, MIMOS, Maxis, Shell, Citibank and KPMG”, said Dr Sien.
To underline the importance of IT and the role of the IAB members, co-chair of the IAB, Ghanesh Kumar Bangah and one of the founders of MOL emphasized,
“IT is no longer a secondary or support industry; it is the industry of the future, and some of the biggest companies worldwide are IT companies. Our aim in the Advisory Board is to encourage students of HELP to look at the opportunities and inspire them to build Apple, Google and Facebook of the future in Malaysia.”
Dr Sien emphasized the importance of significant project experience as it enables the students to apply the concepts that they had learnt during the course of their studies; and at the same time compels the students to learn new technologies and gain new technical skills.
“I believe that effective learning takes place when students are given assignments and projects that challenge their innovativeness and versatility. Of course, it does not mean our students work alone and in isolation; our expert lecturers and industry partners are always there to guide them,” said Dr Sien.
One such area where IAB members have engaged with HELP IT students, is a project where Lee Ken, 21 years, currently pursuing his Bachelor of Information Technology degree is working with Lollipop Lab, a technology startup, launched by one of HELP’s IT alumni, under the supervision of his lecturer, Dr Fong Pui Kwan to create a platform that helps ordinary people build responsive websites without technical knowledge. Lee hopes to complete it by December 2016.
Bong Kai Tzer, working on his final year project known as a “Social Data Connector”, under the mentorship of Fusionex, enables the retrieval of data from the social media to conduct data analytics.
Another community project, the work of Ang Lee Wen, Loh Suet Wen and Shaun Hor Shen Wei, “HELP U Community Application” allows HELP students to access information under one umbrella, a virtual market place to buy and sell second hand books, an important aspect of university life.
Another community engagement by HELP’s IT Department, HELP Tech Day, designed to enhance and promote IT education among schools nationwide is to help the government meet the rising demand for IT professionals in the country. This engagement takes place annually at HELP University.
Dr Sien Ven Yu said that HELP Tech Day is aimed at generating interest in Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) amongst school children by providing them an overview of the current state of the ICT industry while showcasing the wide-ranging and innovative technology projects that have been developed by our students and the industry.
The Department of IT offers five programs: Diploma in IT, Bachelor of IT (Hons), Bachelor of IT (Hons) Mobile Computing, Bachelor of IT (Hons) Business Information Management, and Bachelor of Computer Science (Games and Interactive Media).
The next intake for the IT Diploma and undergraduate programs is on January 11th 2017.