In this rapidly changing technological world, which course should you study?
AN important criterion that students take into account when choosing the right course to study is the demand for work.
With the advancement of technology, the current employment landscape has changed dramatically, which is reflected in the in-demand specialties in many industries that did not even exist a few years ago.
With the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR4.0), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Automation, among others, the digital age has certainly changed the way we work and live.
Hence, today’s students need to have the right skills to stay relevant after graduation in this tech-driven professional landscape.
As the digital economy grows, two topics closely related to IR4.0 are microbiology, statistical computing, and operations research.
However, unlike other widely understood subjects like business, finance, communications, and accounting, parents and students are unaware of these two important programs and their impact on life.
Microorganisms and their activities are important for all processes on Earth as they affect all aspects of our life.
Microbiology is the study of all living organisms that are too small to be seen with the naked eye. This includes bacteria, viruses, fungi, and algae, collectively called microbes.
These microbes play key roles in nutrient cycling, biodegradation or biodegradation, climate change, food spoilage, the cause and control of disease, and biotechnology.
Thanks to their versatility, microbes can be put to work in a number of ways: making life-saving drugs, making biofuels, cleaning up pollution, and producing / processing food and drink.
Statistical informatics and operational research
Business owners are constantly making important decisions that involve many factors. To help businesses run better, reliable data is generated to put these factors into a manageable format and give business owners a better basis for making decisions.
This is where statistical computing and operations research come in.
Statistical informatics is a multidisciplinary field of study that combines statistics, numerical analysis and computer science. This term also refers to the application of statistical tools and methods that rely heavily on computer technology.
On the other hand, operations research is a powerful decision-making and problem-solving tool that applies to all businesses. The problems of operations research are broken down into basic components and then mathematically solved into defined steps.
For example, a supermarket opens checkouts for its customers to check their items. With reliable data, management can know its peak hours and allocate more manpower to that particular period while redistributing the manpower during off-peak hours.
This is how the supermarket uses data to optimize its operations.
Quality education available locally
If you are passionate about microbiology or statistical computing and operations research, you can pursue your aspirations at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), which has a track record of academic excellence and a high rate of employability.
In addition to the compulsory study program, empowerment programs and compulsory industrial training, the university creates learning opportunities for students to select their final year project of interest through an interdisciplinary approach.
“For example, a final year microbiology student may seek help from a microbiology supervisor as well as another food production supervisor if food science is the topic of interest,” said the dean of the department. UTAR Faculty of Science, Dr Lim Tuck Meng.
“If they are interested in exploring warehouse operations, it is possible to enlist the help of the logistics program teacher as a co-supervisor of the project.
“While other universities may not have the privilege of doing this, we strongly support this type of transdisciplinary project as this approach will further enhance students’ understanding when they enter the world of work. After all, today’s world is multidisciplinary and no longer specializes in just one skill.
In terms of the relevance of the programs, Lim stressed that the programs offered are constantly updated to meet the needs of the industry.
“We engage industry advisors at least twice a year to keep us abreast of the latest updates across all industries so that we can refine the programs offered to ensure our graduates are relevant to the job market.” , Lim said.
One of the benefits of studying at UTAR is the opportunity for a compulsory three-month industry training that will give them exposure to the working environment not only in Malaysia but also through the partners. of the institution abroad, where they could have experience of managing things. in another country.
As part of the Faculty of Science, UTAR offers a total of 10 programs – Bachelor of Science (with distinction) in Statistical Informatics and Operations Research, Bachelor of Science (with distinction) in Microbiology, Bachelor of Science (with distinction) in Biotechnology, Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Chemistry, Bachelor of Science (Honors) Biochemistry, Bachelor of Science (Honors) Biomedical Sciences, Bachelor of Science (Honors) Logistics and International Shipping, Bachelor of Science (Honors) Agricultural Sciences, Bachelor of Science (Honors) Food Science and Bachelor of Science (Honors) Dietetics.
UTAR’s open house will be held on December 18-19 at its Sungai Long campus in Bandar Sungai Long, Kuala Lumpur, and at the Kampar campus in Perak. UTAR is also organizing its Cyber Open Day from December 20 to January 9, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except public holidays).
For more details, email [email protected] or call 011-3347 2258 or visit study.utar.edu.my.