MMU plays a role in ETP [New Straits Time (Malaysia)]
(New Straits Time (Malaysia) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) AS the nation forges ahead in embracing a new economy built on a platform of IT, high-technology and knowledge, the engineering profession is increasingly looked upon as playing a leading role.
At Multimedia University (MMU), where engineering is considered a key player in the knowledge economy, two faculties have been setup dedicated to it.
Its Cyberjaya campus is home to the Faculty of Engineering (FOE), while its Malacca campus has the Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET).
The importance of the engineering field has been recognised by the government.
In its Economic Transformation Plan (ETP), engineering is the mainstay of at least three National Key Economic Areas (NKEA), identified as key engines of growth.
The three sectors are Oil, Gas and Energy, Electrical & Electronics, and Communications.
MMU's engineering programme caters to all three of these crucial NKEAs.
Oil, Gas & Energy is an extremely important sector in Malaysia. By the year 2020, Malaysia is expecting to increase its number of workers in this sector by 53,200.
Of these, 21,000 will be highly-skilled jobs drawing monthly salaries between RM5,000 to RM10,000.
MMU graduates can seek participation in this NKEA through at least two routes; through its electrical and mechanical engineering programmes.
The Electrical & Electronics sector is another key economic contributor accounting for a major portion of the nation's exports.
The government aims to further revitalise this sector, by creating 157,000 jobs of various skill levels by 2020.
MMU graduates can contribute towards this NKEA via multiple fronts. One is with MMU's electrical engineering programme.
Another is through MMU's electronics engineering programme, which is also available as a general degree or as a choice of specialisations in Computer, Microwave & Communications, Optical Engineering, Nanotechnology, Telecommunications, Multimedia, and Robotics & Electronics.
For the Communications NKEA, it encompasses communications content and infrastructure.
The potential for growth is so significant that the government expects by Year 2020, the sector's contribution to the Gross National Income (GNI) to be RM58 billion annually with 43,000 jobs being created.
It is therefore no surprise that MMU is playing an extensive role in realising the nation's economic transformation programme.
Furthermore, MMU's engineering programme has been rated D-SETARA 'Excellent' (Tier 5 level) by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) as well as accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Council Malaysia (EAC) which allows its graduates to practice professionally around the world.
For details, call Vincent at 013-613 3144, Emely (013-380 8844) or Azlan (013-630 6455).
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