Thursday, 11 August 2011

Introduction of FSKM ICT Week 2010

Come join over 1000 participants from future knowledge workers in Malaysia and users in the IT carnival which concentrate on green technology which will be held on 24th March 2010 to 27th March 2010 at Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematical, University Technology MARA, Shah Alam Selangor.

IS AND IT GOING GREEN CARNIVAL is heralded as the platform for “gathering of tribes” of IT communities, as well as businesses, academicians and its’ communities to share and show off their thoughts, experiences, ideas and projects. By end of the event, it will create awareness to the meaning and importance of “IS and IT Going Green” and also cultivating individuals and organization towards the same direction. As the meat of the event is its presentations and discussions, we have allocated 6 speaking slots opportunities. Drawing on a huge community we will discuss some of the most current and poignant topics in the industry today.

IS AND IT GOING GREEN CARNIVAL is organized by an Executive Committee comprised of volunteers from FSKM student UiTM. As such, it requires support through strategic partnerships that will assist it in fulfilling its role.

IS AND IT GOING GREEN CARNIVAL offers a dynamic opportunity to strengthen your organization’s exposure to your key target markets!

UMP Lancar ICT Business Centre Tingkat Pengetahuan IT

Naib Canselor Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Prof. Dato’ Dr. Daing Nasir Ibrahim semalam  melancarkan ICT Business Centre sebagai usaha meningkatkan perkongsian ilmu pengetahuan dan kemahiran dalam bidang teknologi maklumat (IT) untuk masyarakat setempat.
Dengan penubuhan pusat ini UMP akan terus memacu kecemerlangan universiti  dalam bidang teknologi maklumat sebagai salah satu inisiatif UMP untuk meletakkan  universiti ini di persada antarabangsa.
Dato’ Daing berkata, penubuhan ICT Business Centre ini akan  mengkomersialkan produk dan perkhidmatan ICT termasuk semua sumber yang ada di Pusat Teknologi Maklumat dan Komunikasi (PTMK) dan Fakulti Sistem Komputer dan Kejuruteraan Perisian (FSKKP).
Selain itu, pusat ini akan dapat melaksanakan pencapaian Pelan Strategik UMP dalam merangka  bidang keberhasilan utama universiti bagi menjana kelestarian  kewangan.
“UMP mempunyai tenaga pakar IT berpengalaman lebih 10 tahun dan usaha  ini    membolehkannya berkongsi ilmu dan kemahiran dengan organisasi lain khususnya institusi pendidikan dalam dan luar Negara,”
“Sumber ICT ini termasuk pelbagai jenis server, jaringan (network), CCTV dan pelbagai peralatan IT yang terdapat di UMP,” katanya semasa merasmikan majlis pembukaan ICT Business Centre di Dewan Astaka, UMP.
Beliau juga mengharapkan penubuhan pusat ini akan merealisasikan  hasrat universiti bagi   menjana pendapatan universiti selaras dengan Pelan Stategik UMP 2011-2015.
Di antara perkhimatan yang ditawarkan termasuklah  khidmat konsultansi dan produk ICT kepada organisasi luar melibatkan IPT, pusat latihan dan jabatan kerajaan serta menjayakan konsep ‘outsourcing’ yang diperkenalkan Kerajaan.
Manakala menurut Pengarah Urusan ICT Business Centre, Prof. Madya Dr. Wan Maseri Wan Mohd berkata, penubuhan pusat ini pastinya  bukan sahaja memberi manfaat kepada staf di jabatan PTMK  malah melibatkan semua  warga universiti.
Secara tidak langsung ianya akan mewujudkan budaya kerja korporat kepada staf PTMK dan dapat melahirkan lebih ramai perunding mengikut  kepakaran pensyarah yang ada di universiti.
Katanya, pelajar juga turut mendapat manfaat dengan memberi peluang untuk menjalani latihan industri dan sama-sama terlibat dalam memasarkan produk ICT.
Hadir sama Dekan Pusat Bahasa Moden dan Sains Kemanusiaan,  Professor Dr. Abdul Jalil Borham, Dekan Dekan Fakulti Kejuruteraan Kimia & Sumber Asli, Prof. Dr. Jailani Salihon dan  Pengarah Urusan UMP Holding, Nasirudin Nasrun

Cisco, MDeC and University of Malaya Collaborate on SME-Focused Training Program

Cisco today announced a collaboration with the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) to develop the Cisco® Industrial Training Programme (CiTP). The parties, together with the University of Malaya, hope to establish a unique undergraduate internship programme to identify and train skilled information and communications technology (ICT) networking specialists for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
CiTP will offer on-the-job training opportunities for computer science undergraduate students at the University of Malaya. The interns will be selected from a group of students currently undergoing the Cisco CCNA® curriculum with an excellent academic record. Cisco will prepare the interns through an intensive two-week training programme where they will learn business soft skills to complement their technical knowledge. At the end of this training, students will be assigned to an SME in the MSC Malaysia (formerly known as the Multimedia Super Corridor) to manage and maintain the company's ICT and networking environment for six months. These participating SMEs would be appointed by MDeC.
"Cisco has consistently contributed to the development of skilled ICT networking specialists in Malaysia through the Cisco Networking Academy® programme. CiTP is yet another important initiative centred on a holistic model that delivers true value for students and SMEs," said Anne Abraham, managing director of Cisco Malaysia.
SMEs constitute more than 90 percent of businesses and employ some 65 percent of the total workforce in Malaysia. This market segment is also expected to contribute 37 percent to Malaysia's gross domestic income by end of this year, making them significant to local economic growth.¹ SMEs are always on the lookout for technologies that enable them to focus on business priorities, increase productivity for their business.
"CiTP provides SMEs with the opportunity to realize and reap the benefits of having qualified networking interns and the right talent managing the organisations' network, systems and business. The interns, on the other hand, will be exposed to and work on resolving real situations in a live work environment, often regarded as unique in IT requirements and challenges. The programme would certainly accelerate their learning curve and experience, and eventually cultivate a higher-quality talent pool for the ICT workforce," added Abraham.
As networks continue to transform the way people connect, communicate and collaborate, industry leaders are looking for more innovative ways to cultivate a workforce that can meet the growing demand for skilled professionals in this area. Currently, there are 18,000 ICT employees who are skilled in networking and security. The demand is expected to increase by 14 percent annually over the next three years. In addition, 64 percent of employees prefer to hire engineers that have Cisco certifications in networking and security.²
"The country's talent pool in the networking field is critical to the growth of MSC Malaysia and the overall ICT industry. CiTP is in line with our continuous efforts to develop and nurture a highly skilled workforce, as well as extending our role in accelerating ICT adoption among local SMEs. It tightly matches the needs of both SMEs and our workforce, which represent two key priorities that serve as a catalyst to elevate Malaysia towards a high-income economy," said Muhammad Imran Kunalan Abdullah, general manager, K-Workers Development Department, MDeC Malaysia.
The programme, currently in its pilot phase, will kick off with a total target of
50 selected undergraduates from the faculty to be assigned to designated SMEs. The preliminary training prior to the placement will begin in June, when experts will coach the interns in applicable and useful strategies, technologies, solutions and soft skills for the SME business environment.
"We are excited that our students are the first beneficiaries of CiTP. This is a good example of a public-private initiative that redefines existing education models to bridge the skills gap in Malaysia. Internships have evolved into essential pre-requisites before entering the work-force and students are assessed on the value they bring to organisations. Programs like CiTP boost students' confidence and give them a head-start when starting their professional careers," said Prof Dr Wan Ahmad Tajuddin bin Wan Abdullah, Dean, Faculty of Information Technology and Computer Science, University of Malaya.
"While we are setting the standard for a rounded internship programme, and the success of CiTP will determine the scale of implementation moving forward. Eventually, our ambition is to take it further, widen the opportunity, and establish it as an ideal model not only for our peers in the ICT sector, but also across industries in the market," Abraham said.

About MDeC

About Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) is a unique high powered government-owned corporation, established to facilitate the development and promotion of MSC Malaysia, the premier Malaysian ICT initiative. MDeC is tasked to advise the Malaysian Government on ICT legislation and policies, develop MSC Malaysia as a key growth driver of the economy and set breakthrough standards for ICT and multimedia operations. MDeC also promotes MSC Malaysia locally and globally, as well as supports companies which are located within the MSC Malaysia designated areas.

About University of Malaya

University of Malaya, Malaysia's oldest university was established in April 1949 in Singapore with the merger of the King Edward VII College of Medicine (founded in 1905) and Raffles College (founded in 1928). The mission of the university is to advance knowledge and learning through quality research and education for the nation and for humanity. Currently, His Royal Highness The Sultan of Perak Darul Ridzuan is the Chancellor of the University of Malaya. Ghauth Jasmon was appointed as the tenth Vice-Chancellor of University of Malaya on 8th November 2008. Information about University of Malaya can be found at:
(1) The SME Annual Report 2008, National SME Development Council, Nov 2009
(2) Supply-Demand Study of the ICT Industry, MSC Malaysia, Jun 2009

UM to host Informatics '09

THE Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya will host the International Conference on Informatics and Technology (Informatics 2009) on Oct 27- 28.
The event, in collaboration with the Malaysian National Computer Confederation, will highlight the latest issues in the research and development of information and communications technology (ICT) in relation to Green ICT.
Faculty dean Dr David Ngo says with the theme ICT Opportunities in the Current Global Recession, the conference seeks to highlight new opportunities for using informatics and technologies to solve problems in the current economic environment.
"Organisations, businesses and governments have been thrust into unprecedented challenges with the recession.
"However, challenges have a flip side as they also bring opportunities for those who can creatively apply innovative solutions to survive these uncertain times, including educational technology to tackle high dropout rate and security technology to solve high crime rate.
"This is termed as Soft Green Technology -- which aims to reduce wastage and improve productivity for ICT."

UTM spent RM500,000 to fight virus attacks

The war against computer viruses does not come cheap. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has spent close to RM500,000 on cyber security protection.
The university also conducted a month long campaign on anti-virus awareness among its administration staff in April.
UTM Centre for ICT director Prof Zamri Mohamad said the campaign included the installation of hardware and software protection as well as updating the operating systems (OS).
“We also arranged for talks on healthy ICT lifestyle for our staff so that they realise it may not be safe to visit sites that are not secure,” he said, adding that the university currently had 10 servers alone for anti-virus protection which were updated daily.
The Star had reported on Thursday that the university had been facing a spate of virus attacks that targeted around 6,000 computers belonging to both the university and students.
Prof Zamri said the university also conducted demonstrations on how computers should be maintained and created a website,, through the intranet system.
Students with their own personal computers have also been encouraged to obtain the anti-virus protection from the university free of charge.
UTM was also looking towards moving its entire software system from Windows to Open Source as there were fewer viruses created for it.
Prof Zamri said that with viruses and hackers getting increasingly sophisticated, the idea of owning a computer was not the same as owning a radio.
“It is more like owning a car as you need to learn how to operate it. You also need to constantly service and upgrade it,” he said.
According to him, UTM was considering the possibility of making its students and staff obtain a “licence” before they are allowed to use the computers on campus.

English speaking programme now open at UCSI

The new intake for ‘Speak Good English’ programme at UCSI University, Sarawak Campus is now open for registration.
The new class will commence on July 18 and it will be conducted every Monday and Wednesday evening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the campus premises at Jalan Tun Jugah here.
“This programme, as the name suggested, is about building participants’ confidence in speaking English competently and fluently,” said UCSI Extension programme coordinator Twinkle Bati.
She further disclosed that the programme is targeted at students as well as working adult who have difficulty communicating in English and emphasis will be given to ensure that they are able to communicate effectively and competently after the three months’ program.
“We have specially design the programme and made it interesting for the students so as to enrich their learning experience. Besides teaching them the proper usage of grammar and tenses, the students will also be taught on pronunciation as well as presentation skill,” Twinkle added.
Besides English Programme, UCSI University is also offering foreign language classes at the campus.
Currently, it is conducting classes for Korean, Japanese and French language. Each class is held twice a week for two hours per session.
At the same time, UCSI University is also offering a preparatory class on International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The preparatory class is for both academy and general requirement.

SEGi secures quality IT links in partnership with Abertay Dundee

SEGi University College has further strengthened the worth and international recognition of its homegrown programmes through an academic arrangement with the University of Abertay Dundee (UAD), one of United Kingdom's leading universities.
Under the arrangement, students graduating from SEGi University College Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) programme will also receive a separate degree parchment issued by UAD, apart from their SEGi degree parchment.
UAD has a long history as one of Scotland's leading universities. Being among Scotland's top three institutions for research funding, UAD has an entrenched reputation for professionalism in offering career-driven higher education. It received top ranking by UK's Quality Assurance Agency when 79 per cent of graduates gave the "thumbs up" for the university's teaching methodologies and learning approaches.
All of the university's researchers are also involved in teaching and developing courses, giving students the chance to learn from world leaders every day.
Combine this with the fact that the university has an average of one lecturer for every 17 students and you have one of the best dedicated universities in Scotland.
In addition, the degree was recently boosted with IT Security components of the Certified Ethical Hacker programme through a collaboration with the EC-Council Academy.
"Cyber attacks are frequent and efficient. There are financial frauds, data breaches, cyber threats and attack news reported daily. Cyber attacks towards organisations increases steadily over the years, even with increased IT infrastructure investment every year.
"Organisations today are taking note on the importance of well- trained IT Security professionals on maintaining and securing the business and reputation of an organisation.
"The industry is in urgent need for cyber warriors to deal with cyber attacks that may occur anytime," said EC-Council Asia Pacific managing director Wilson Wong.
The Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) programme is a three-year programme which is ideal for students who wish to explore a journey in latest technological developments, techniques, and tools while developing knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to the ICT industry and profession.
The programme develops students' entrepreneurial and cognitive skills beyond basic knowledge and understanding, placing the focus on also increasing their competency of analysis, synthesis, creativity and evaluation whilst developing other transferable skills such as problem-solving, communication and interaction.
Graduates of the SEGi Bachelor of Information Technology (Hons) will be well prepared with a range of practical, business and personal skills allowing for a smooth transition into a variety of specialist roles within the ICT and business sectors.
During the course of the programme students will learn how to use relevant information systems, undertake investigations, analyse the data and information gathered and put principles learned into practice.
This programme offers three specialisations for students to choose from Software Engineering, Business Systems Design and Computer Networks.

OUM Making Waves in India

A keynote address by OUM President and Vice-Chancellor Tan Sri Anuwar Ali has made it to the front page of The Hindu.
OUM President and Vice-Chancellor Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Anuwar Ali has urged developing countries to promote higher education through open and distance learning (ODL) to ensure that their people have equitable access to education and can thus better contribute to national economic development and enhanced social status.
In an exclusive interview with The Hindu, the English language daily with the second largest circulation in India, Tan Sri Anuwar said higher education is particularly relevant for Asian countries and should not be considered "elitist and restrictive".
"The growth of ODL in countries like India, China and Malaysia has been highly encouraging but the real challenge is ensuring it remains relevant and responsive to changing trends," said Tan Sri Anuwar, who attended the international workshop together with Prof Dr Shaari Abd Hamid, Deputy Vice President of the Institute for Teaching and Learning Advancement. The workshop was held at the Vardhaman Mahaveer Open University (VMOU) in Kota, Rajasthan, recently.
In his keynote address entitled "Challenges before ODL: Global Perspective", Tan Sri Anuwar said ODL plays a significant role in transforming higher education from an elite privilege to a "democratised opportunity" in Asian countries.
Institutions offering distance education has made it possible for people from varied backgrounds, including those from marginalised groups, senior citizens, working adults and the physically disadvantaged, to partake in higher education and obtain degrees.
Tan Sri Anuwar also said that OUM is willing to collaborate with VMOU to improve the quality of education and make higher education more accessible. "Although student exchange may not be feasible at this stage, both institutions can work together in the area of educational technology."
Acknowledging that India has one of the best established ODL networks in Asia, he said ODL has much to gain from innovations such as the use of web applications, social networking, mobile technologies and open educational resources.
However, issues such as the digital divide and cultural identities could impede the true potential of ODL growth delivery in the less developed regions. The use of ubiquitous technology and its impact on cultural identities remain issues yet to be resolved, while the problem of digital divide still pervades poor countries.
Tan Sri Anuwar emphasised that universities in Asian countries must create the means for their populace, regardless of gender, creed or socio-economic background, to obtain higher education. "ODL institutions must combine flexibility, quality, affordability and accessibility to attract people for further study."
He cited the example of the Commonwealth of Learning for having successfully brought together open universities in the Commonwealth to develop and share ODL knowledge, resources and technology with a focus on helping poor countries over the past two decades.

Masterskill holds healthcare campaign

KUCHING: Masterskill University College of Health Sciences (MUCH) recently conducted a healthcare screening campaign and education exhibition at SMK St Teresa.
The event — held together with associate institution Masterskill College Kuching Metro Campus — aimed to create awareness among school staff and students on the importance of regular health check-ups.
It was jointly organised by the school’s cooperative and Malaysian Red Crescent.
SMK St Teresa teacher Marjoyln Michael said in a press statement that it was the first time such an event was organised in the school.
She explained that SMK St Teresa selected Masterskill to be part of the event as the college specialises in teaching and promoting health sciences.
“I am sure with Masterskill’s expertise and as a leader in this field, our students will benefit from such an educational event. It also provides an opportunity to give exposure to our Form 5 students on the next step of higher education after their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM),” she said.
Kuching Metro Campus clinical instructor Diana Hui pointed out that many teenagers consume too much fast-food, high-calorie beverages and have a sedentary lifestyle, which could lead to obesity and chronic illnesses later in life.
“Therefore, healthcare screening like this will educate the secondary school students on the importance of prevention rather than cure. Today’s youngsters now are different from those times where students enjoyed outdoor activities and required more intense physical movements,” she said.
Students were fascinated by the nasogastric tube demonstration and anatomy explanation.
“To add in to the excitement of health sciences demonstration, a life-sized human mannequin was brought along by lecturers and clinical instructions from the college.
Other teaching aids including anatomical teaching model, plastic human arm muscle model, were being displayed.
“A large group of students gathered around the mannequin where a clinical instructor (CI) from Masterskill conducted demonstrations on nasogastric tube artificial feeding procedure. CI explained the usage of nasogastric tube for patients who cannot eat orally via the mouth and had to be fed through the tube,” said a statement.
In addition, Masterskill’s physiotherapy students shared their knowledge on the anatomy of the arm using an artificial human arm model, showing tendons, nerves, blood vessels and humerus; while medical lab technology students conducted health screenings.
The event also provided the college an avenue to promote health sciences programmes offered such as medical lab technology (MLT), environmental health, physiotherapy, healthcare (management) and pharmacy.
On top of that, the college has an Employment Placement Unit (EPU) to assist graduates and graduating students to secure employment locally and abroad.
“Studying at Masterskill can be advantageous. In addition to the well-rounded co-curricular exposures, the university college with six branches nationwide also has more than 450 local and international clinical placement sites to provide students a good platform to hone their practical skills,” said a statement.
Masterskill College Kuching Metro Campus is now open for the July 2011 intake registration.
The institution will hold a walk-in interview today (July 7) at the Dalat District Office and Kota Samarahan Civic Centre, tomorrow (July 8) at Kingwood Hotel, Mukah and Serian Dewan Masyarakat, Saturday (July 9) at Boulevard Shopping Mall in Kuching, Sunday (July 10) at Meligai Hotel in Kapit and e-Mart Supermarket in Matang, Tuesday (July 12) at RH Hotel in Sibu and Hoover Hotel in Sri Aman and Wednesday (July 13) at Ming Kiong Hotel in Bintangor and Wawasan Inn in Sarikei.

Producing qualified graduates with first class facilities

Providing a world class education has always been the prime objective of the Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMUC). This can be measured by its almost 100% student employment rate upon graduation.

At KLMU, students are not only exposed to theories but are trained to balance practical aspects with relevant experiences based on a real work environment. To ensure that all students understand the subject they study, each classroom setting is focused on developing a clear and comprehensible presentation of the subject matter. Furthermore, students are assessed through a continual evaluation process that is based on learning outcomes.

The lecturers play a vital role in the student’s learning processes via the mentor-mentee programme that fosters a positive influence during the course. Classes are intentionally small to ensure all students receive adequate guidance while their confidence is being nurtured.

KLMU has invested millions on various modern facilities, including an auditorium, a computer laboratory with broadband connection, art studio, cyberzones, conferences, gymnasium, cafeteria, student activity lounge, hospital simulation ward, health science laboratory, and a fully equipped hospitality facility.

Additionally, KLMU has installed CCTVs within its premises for added security.
KLMU will showcase its programme courses at the MAPCU Higher Education Fair 2011 at booths 1068 through 1083.

KLIUC Improves Internet User Experiences with SANGFOR

Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University College (KLIUC), the well-known Malaysia tertiary education institution, has improved the Internet accessing experiences for campus users by deploying SANGFOR's IAM solution. IAM's bandwidth management feature based on application guarantees smooth web accessing speed and provide an enjoyable Internet environment for students and staffs.

KLIUC which was established in 1998, is the focus of Kumpulan Ikram's tertiary education activities. Guided by motto of "For Knowledge, For Humanity", KLIUC aim to produce graduates with outstanding technological and management skills, possess high moral values to meet the challenges of Vision 2020 and the K-economy.

Enhanced with up-to-date academic facilities, highly qualified lecturers among whom are industry practitioners, KLIUC strives to ensure high quality education in areas of Engineering, Business and Information Technology. 3 years into the business of education, KLIUC is already recognized for its quality management system achieved through ISO 9001 :2000 certification in December 2000.

By deploying SANGFOR Internet Access Management solution, KLIUC is able to audit the the Internet flow situation through detailed reports. It is identified large amount of P2P download and on-line video stream occupying bandwidth and causing slow Internet accessing speed. Therefore, IAM performs the bandwidth limitation for P2P and on-line media, which make sure enough bandwidth for campus related applications.

MUST pushes for advancement in biotechnology

MALAYSIA University of Science and Technology (MUST) is set to continue its efforts to anchor the development of human capital in biotechnology through innovative courses and ongoing research initiatives.
The courses offered by MUST focused on three main areas – science and technology, entrepreneurship and innovation – related to the field of biotechnology.
Specifically, MUST offers very comprehensive undergraduate and post-graduate programmes in the various fields of biotechnology which include agrobiotechnology, industrial biotechnology, nutraceutical and food biotechnology, as well as health and pharma biotechnology.
Through its research projects, some of the notable inroads achieved by MUST’s biotechnology faculty include structure-function relationship of protein, enzyme and bioactive molecules from natural resources, nanotechnology and nanobiotechnology, as well as pharmaceutical technology (design of drug delivery systems).
Its success is backed by more than RM7 million research grants which it has received over the past eight years from various sources.
From the amount, between 2004 and 2008, the faculty received RM2.5 million in research grants from Intensification of Research in Priority Areas (IRPA), SAGA (Akademi Sains Malaysia), and the Science Fund.
"With the Biosafety Act in place, research and commercialisation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) will be streamlined with an objective to promote modern biotechnology, and at the same time protect human and animal health, and the biodiversity," said MUST associate professor Dr Joseph Selvaraj Samy.
Commenting on the field’s future prospect, Joseph said: "As in any other business investment there are also risks in investing in biotechnology, but with adequate legalities in place and a sound Comprehensive Product Development Plan (CPDP) the necessary mitigation measures can be taken."
He also emphasised on the need to build talented human capital. "MUST have designed its undergraduate and post-graduate programmes to develop graduates with a strong foundation in the principles of modern biotechnology and exposure to contemporary thinking in a variety of specific fields," he said.

MMU eyes future in nanotechnology

SCOUTING for a degree programme after leaving school may be a daunting experience for most school leavers.
There are many considerations that need weighing, including the growth potential of the industry chosen and cost of the programme pursued as decisions made can make or break one's career path in events of economic downturn or business uncertainties.
But there is one industry that is on the rise in Malaysia. It is none other than nanotechnology. School leavers or any candidates considering engineering programme can the nanotechnology alternative.
Although the field is still in its infancy, there is growing interest and expenditure in it.
Multimedia University (MMU) vice-president of academic, Associate Professor Wong Eng Kiong says: "We are seeing a slow but steady increase in enrolment in our nanotechnology programme because of the government's emphasis under the 9th Malaysia Plan."
Under 9MP, RM124.3 million has been allocated for the nanotechnology industry. The inauguration of the Malaysia Nanotechnology Association (MNA), governmental support for nanotechnology is at an all-time high as the technology can revolutionise the entire manufacturing industry.
One way this is achieved is by generating new types of nanomaterials, applicable in the metal, chemical and nanoelectronics industries. Other industries that can benefit are automotive, pharmaceuticals and health sciences, as well as information technology.
Realising the huge potential in store for the industry, MMU recently launched its Bachelor of Engineering Electronics (hons) majoring in nanotechnology. It is among the first of nanotechnology courses to be offered in the country.
"This nanotechnology programme is a true landmark offering," says Wong.
He said previously, those who wished to pursue a career on nanotechnology must go overseas.
"Now, you can join as an undergraduate and be part of a growth industry."
He adds that the career prospect for a nanotechnologist is quite healthy and promising.
He adds that the past few years have seen an increase in mechanical engineering enrolment, due to the manufacturing industry in the country. Telecommunications engineering also remains a popular choice.
MMU is one of the very few institutions in the country offering an undergraduate programme in nanotechnology
Intakes are open this month in the fields of engineering, IT, management and creative multimedia.
For information, call 013-6264 493 (Hamiza), 013-6133144 (Nalini) or 013-6306458 (Tan) or visit

From Classroom to Satellite Control Room: INTI Students’ Learning Experience at MEASAT

“Push the wrong button on the control panel and the whole satellite could tumble and go out of control,” said satellite expert En. Azih Md. Zin. “The slightest human error could spell disaster.”
The high level of commitment as well as intense concentration and alertness required of engineers in monitoring telemetry data from a satellite was made clear to INTI International University (INTI IU) students who were on a learning visit to the MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre in Cyberjaya.

The learning environment goes beyond the four walls of a classroom for INTI students.
The students were part of the Advanced Mobile and Satellite Communications class under the University of Bradford franchise programme offered by INTI IU’s Faculty of Engineering and IT. The visitors included exchange students from École Centrale d’Electronique (ECE), Paris, studying at INTI IU under INTI’s Study Abroad Programme (SAP).
En. Azih, Head of Satellite Engineering and Operations at MEASAT, went on to explain that over 20% of satellite failures in orbit are due to design error and failure to anticipate every aspect of the harsh environment in space.
“Building a satellite is not simple and many factors need to be taken into consideration, especially its weight and durability in a hostile environment,” he said, drawing upon his over 10 years of experience as a satellite designer and operator.
Apart from learning about Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellites, the students had a glimpse into the working life and environment of a satellite engineer who typically works 12-hour shifts per day for three days in a week. They toured the satellite control room, network management room (with its array of flat screen TVs tuned to multiple channels), and antenna farm with 16 antennas linking the ground control centre with satellites in orbit.
Like his fellow students taking part in the eye-opening tour, Gilbert Gan found the experience fascinating.
“I never imagined that handling a satellite is far more complex than handling an aircraft!” he enthused. “It’s a great challenge and something that I might consider for a career.”
Sonia Lahcene, an exchange student from France, was surprised to learn about Malaysia’s advancement in satellite technology, saying that she will definitely share her experience with friends back in France.
“It’s good that MEASAT provided us this rare opportunity to visit their facilities,” said Kwong Chiew Foong, a faculty member who accompanied the students on the trip. “This is part of INTI’s initiative to bring industry into the classroom – to help our students develop insights into exciting careers and gain confidence through real life experiences.”
INTI’s programmes are developed and constantly fine tuned to cater towards the needs of employers and the industry. Students are constantly in touch with their potential employers, through visits to their work places, workshops, internships, and projects that provide them with real world work experience.
Students of INTI benefit not only from its 25 years of experience and strong track-record, but also gain from the global synergy and resources that Laureate International Universities provides. INTI is part of Laureate, the world’s largest private education network with a presence in 28 countries, with more than 60 accredited universities and 130 campuses, serving more than 650,000 students globally.

SAS® for IT skills training and research support

When business executives in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region seek to hire IT leaders with the latest skills in analytics and information systems, they often find them at Sunway University, where SAS technology is used in the classroom to prepare students for careers in IT.

Sunway University is a world-class higher education institution and leader in private education in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region. Established in 1987, Sunway University provides tertiary education to a total of 10,000 students – with 30 percent coming from 90 foreign countries – enrolled in various academic programs at the diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The School of Computer Technology (SCT) at Sunway University has developed a reputation for excellence, offering a high standard of education in information technology, information systems, computer science and networking. SCT advocates unique specializations that not only stress the importance of the academic curriculum, but also promote students' exposure to the IT industry, enabling them to discover their potential and achieve their goals.

Associate Professor Dr. Lim Tong Ming, Head of SCT, said, "To achieve excellence in IT instruction, Sunway University is extremely sensitive to the need to expose and educate its technology students with IT skill sets that are relevant and highly sought-after in the real world. This is to ensure that all of our graduates are at the forefront of industry demand, making successful careers in the competitive market."

SAS® for research support
With the rapid changes in the world of technology, Dr. Lim deemed it essential for Sunway University academics to equip themselves with knowledge of the latest enterprise IT solutions, especially in the area of statistical analysis, data mining and analysis technologies.

Sunway University is continuously seeking to explore and research these areas to better tutor its students in the know-how of innovative technologies and advanced IT solutions. For this reason, the university college opted to further develop its teaching and research methods with SAS Enterprise Guide and SAS Enterprise Miner.

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MMU Graduate Wins eGenting Programming Competition

A recent MMU graduate from the Faculty of Information Science and Technology (FIST) was announced the eGenting Programming Competition 2010's first prize winner. Mr. Chua Ket Peng received his prize on 22 January 2011, for the competition that took place at Wisma Genting in Kuala Lumpur on 23 October 2010.

Chua topped a pool of 168 participants coming from all universities and colleges around Malaysia. He bagged the RM 6,000.00 cash prize, beating fellow programmer Chong Han Liang (KBU International College) and Choo Kwak Liang (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia) who were named the first and second runners up, respectively.

Another promising talent from MMU, Mr. Mostafa Abedi who is currently an undergraduate from the Faculty of Information Technology won the Merit Award.

Also competing in the contest were participants from Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Tunku Abdul Rahman College (TARC), Taylor’s University, INTI International University, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), and Sunway University.

The eGenting Programming Competition 2010 is an annual event organized by the Research and Development Department of eGenting. The event is aimed at revealing the current industry programming level to students and academic staff as well as serve as a standard that graduates need to meet if they want to become internationally competitive.

The annual competition is open to everyone except employees of the Genting Group.

MMU Sweeps Top Spots at Cisco Competition

On 2nd April 2011, MMU swept the top stops at the 6th Cisco Malaysia Networking Skills Competition, also known as the Malaysia Netriders 2011. The university sent 15 representatives to Kolej TAR in Setapak to compete against more than 200 other contestants and walked away with 5 awards!

The awards bagged were: Best Academy Award (MMU Cyberjaya), Individual Champion (Chang Eng Siang), Individual 3rd Place (Shum E Han), Individual 4th Place (Lim Kian Shuen), and Individual 7th Place (Ong Juin Hau).

Malaysia Netriders 2011 drew hundreds of competitors and observers from universities, colleges and polytechnics, both public and private, from all over Malaysia. These included UM, UiTM, UTM, UMP, UniKL, UTAR, and KTAR.

The champion, Chang Eng Siang, will proceed to the Cisco Asia Pacific Networking Skills Competition to compete against participants from 14 – 16 countries in the Asia Pacific region this October.

The competition included two segments, Networking Theory (MCQs) and Networking Skills. The latter was tested using Packet Tracer, a Cisco simulation software.

Also in attendance at the competition were officials from the Ministry of Human Resource (MOHR) who were seeking candidates to compete in the Worldskills Competition (Skills Olympics) this October in London. Together with Shum E Han, Chang has been invited by the MOHR officials to the Worldskills selection on 18th and 19th April at CIAST, Shah Alam.

Since 2006, MMU has emerged champions in this competition 5 times. Cyberjaya Campus won 4 times, while Melaka Campus won it once.

A high-definition view of the nanoworld

Technology is aiding an exciting new collaboration between Monash University and the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa).
With the installation of high definition video-conferencing equipment at the Technion, similar to existing equipment at Monash, both universities are looking forward to closer research ties in the future.
Professor David Abramson, Science Director of the Monash e-Research Centre, said that the new technology will greatly support ongoing collaboration between researchers at Technion’s Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management and the Faculty of Engineering at Monash University.
“These initiatives mark a new point of presence for Monash University in Israel, and this seminar is just the first of many,” Professor Abramson said.
“Researchers from opposite sides of the world can now collaborate more effectively through these interactive seminars.
“Monash University is very grateful to the Victorian Friends of the Technion for providing financial support; and Professor Boaz Golani, Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management, Professor Dov Dori, Head of the Enterprise System Modeling Laboratory, and Professor Wayne Kaplan, Head of the Department of Materials Engineering, at the Technion for helping to bring both institutions together for this cutting-edge research,” Professor Abramson said.
In the first interactive tele-seminar linking the two universities, Professor Eugene Rabkin, from the Technion reported on his high-precision experimental studies on the physical and mechanical properties of gold nanoparticles.
Professor Rabkin’s findings will help Monash researchers in their work with the mechanical and physical properties of materials.
Professor Yuri Estrin who leads the Monash University’s Centre for Advanced Hybrid Materials said researchers at Monash are currently developing nanomaterials to enhance mechanical strength and biocompatibility of medical implants and the size and effects on strength discussed by Professor Rabkin is critical to these applications.
More seminars on a range of topics of mutual interest to both universities are planned over the coming months.
Also supported by the new Technion-Monash tele-seminars - which build on Monash’s tele-seminar links with the University of Warwick in the UK, the University of California, San Diego and the University of Illinois - is the exciting Monash Undergraduate Research Projects Abroad project – an eScience research internship program for high achieving third year undergraduates at Monash University.
“We are hoping to send students not only to the US this year, but also, Israel. The world just keeps getting smaller,” Professor Abramson said.

Limkokwing creativity grooms ICT-savvy talents

An advocate of creativity and innovation since the 1970s, the Limkokwing University of Creativity Technology (LUCT) is taking the lead by producing graduates equipped with the right skills and capabilities to drive the ICT industry and their careers.

ICE- a way of life

Information technology is very much a part of everyday life: the computer occupies a central position not only in business organisations but increasingly in fields as diverse as manufacturing to space exploration and banking.
This has created a wealth of opportunities for Malaysia, which is moving into a high-income and innovation-driven economy, one area that well-qualified ICT graduates are able to provide the momentum to propel it.

Geared for success

The LICT Faculty of Information and Communication Technology offers internationally-recognised BSc degrees including Mobile Computing, Games Technology and Business Information Technology, as well as postgraduates studies in Computer Networking and Communication. Delve into the exciting world of ICT where you will get to learn all you’ve ever wanted to know about:
  • Games Programming
  • Digital Modelling and Animation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Real-Time Systems
  • Internet Security Knowledge
  • Grid Computing

High-flying ICT careers

The programmes are tailored to ensure graduates are industry-ready and able to blend in with different cultures and nationalities, making them attractive to potential employers.
Some of the career options one would consider as an ICT graduate would be:
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
A CIO heads the IT group within an organisation, and usually reports to the chief executive officer (CEO). You will be the visionary ICT leader, spearheading ambitious projects that will enhance the growth and business strategy of the organisation and will be responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the organisation’s IT infrastructure.
Security Analyst
As the person ensuring the security of the organisation, you will have to be privy to security breaches and network intrusions. The guardian of the ICT hardware and software, you handle all security documentation and assess the suitability of new technologies on existing or planned systems.
Analyst Programmer
This role requires knowledge of a variety of programming languages. If you’re good at programming, you will enjoy installing, designing, modifying, testing and writing programmes, and supporting work teams and solving problems with software.

Blending the world’s diverse cultures

The Limkokwing campus in Cyberjaya is an experience unlike any other. Students from all over the world converge, making it a dynamic multicultural environment with 70% of the 9,000 students coming from over 160 countries worldwide.
The university has some 30,000 students studying in its 12 campuses in Botswana, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lesotho, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. A big part of its appeal is the university’s innovative brand of creative education that merges the best of East and West education.

Experience London

In a rapidly developing world, the learning experience today has to include exposing young people to global business trends and innovation.
London - one of the world’s most vibrant and lively cities - is the heart of Limkokwing’s Global Research Centre for Creativity and Innovation.
Located in the heart of thriving Piccadilly, the campus provides students a unique opportunity to cross over to nearby locations for research in business, design, multimedia or any other fields of study.
An ICT student now has an opportunity to graduate with two awards, one Asian and one British. This is an exclusive route for Limkokwing students to spend their final year or semester in London, enabling them to obtain a Limkokwing award and a second credential from Anglia Ruskin University of Cambridge or University of Gloucestershire, UK.

Developing the ICT industry of tomorrow

Limkokwing is producing a new generation of ICT-savvy young talents that will reinvent the future. As a country with a vision of becoming a self-sufficient industrialised nation by the year 2020, Malaysia is healing in the right direction with its citizens fast gaining ground in the world of Information Communication Technology (ICT).
On the same note, the nation’s premier university in creativity and innovation - Limkokwing University of Creative Technology - is taking the lead by producing graduates that are equipped with the right skills and capabilities to take on the ICT industry worldwide.
The university provides cutting edge digital technology courses complete with the latest technological equipment, a combination capable of honing the next batch of well-rounded graduates that will steer   the future of this country to greater heights.
Limkowing University’s Faculty of Information and Communication Technology offers Internationally-recognised BSc degree in Mobile Computing, Games Technology, as well as Postgraduate studies in Computing Networking and Communication, among others.
Modules include:
  • Game programming
  • Digital Modeling & Animation
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Real-Time System
  • Internet Security Knowledge
  • Grid Computing
The holistic approach of a Limkowing education is designed to ensure that their graduates are industry-ready and able to blend in with diffirent cultures and nationalities, making them attractive to potential employers.
Some of the career options one would consider as an ICT graduate would be: Chief Information Officers (CIO), Security Analyst and Analyst Programmer among others.
Living and learning at the Cyberjaya campus of Limkowing University of Creative Technology is an experience unlike any other. Student from all over the world converge, making this a dynamic multicultural environment with 70% of the 9,000 students coming from over 160 countries worldwide.
The university has some 30,000 students studying in its 12 campuses in Botswana, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lesotho, Malaysia and United Kingdom. A big part of its appeal is its innovation brand of creative education that merges the best of East and West education.
For its role in reinventing the landscape of tertiary education in Malaysia, the university has received over 100 awards from across four continents. Today, Limkokwing University’s degrees and diplomas are delivered in 20 countries and its global network if 282 university partners covers 77 countries worldwide.
With innovation as the driving force behind the university’s mission, the Limkokwing Global Experience is another unique effort in pioneering creative education. Exclusive to Limkokwing University, this is a revolutionary way of learning in several countries while en route to completing your degree.
It is a different and innovative kind of learning experience specially designed for a globally focused graduate keen to tackle the challenges of a globalized marketplace.
In your pursuit of knowledge, open your mind to an endless variety of possibilities when you chose to do your semesters in different countries. This will surely enhance your learning experience in the field of your choice.
You will have the opportunity to interact and study with students around the world. This multicultural exposure and the highly creative and innovative experience will mould you into the most confident, accomplished and in-demand graduate in the region.
In a rapidly developing world, the learning experience today has to include exposing young people to global business trends and innovation.
London – one of the world’s most vibrant and lively cities – is the heart of Limkokwing’s Global Research Centre for Creativity and Innovation. Located in the heart of thriving Piccadilly, the campus provides students with a unique opportunity to cross over to nearby locations for research in business, design, multimedia or any other field of study.
With a combination of the biggest companies, brands and business innovation, Limkokwing has designed an experience of London that is both class-based and complete with industry exposeure.
Students attend industry dialogues and talks, and are taken on site visits to expose them to global trends and expectations in their respective area of study.
Some of the famous names that were part of the industry visits are Harrods, Laura Ashley, the Royal Institute of Architects and Norman Foster.

KLIUC builds on experience

THE Kuala Lumpur Infrastructure University College (KLIUC), formerly known as Ikram College of Technology (iCT), was upgraded to a university college in 2003.
Explaining the rationale for inserting "infrastructure" in its name, KLIUC President Professor Dr Mahadzer Mahmud said: "We want to build on our experience of being the former Research and Training Institute of Public Works Department. Furthermore, infrastructure engineering is our core business and we want to become a specialised university college in this area."
There are five schools: Engineering Infrastructure, Business Infrastructure, IT Infrastructure, Linguistic Infrastructure & Liberal Arts and Science & Materials.
Although the status and name have been changed, KLIUC still retains its motto "For Knowledge, For Humanity". This motto mirrors the mission of the university to provide not only excellent education but also produce graduates who are competent individuals.
As it has university college status, KLIUC awards its own foundation, diploma and degree courses. New programmes at the master's and PhD levels will be offered in the future.
The minimum admission requirements for KLIUC Foundation programmes are five relevant SPM/O-level credits or their equivalent. Once a student registers for any Foundation programme in KLIUC, he is guaranteed a place in the degree programme, provided he obtains a CGPA of 2.00 and above at the end of his studies.
Students who obtain three SPM or O-level credits may apply for KLIUC diploma programmes. Upon completion of KLIUC diploma programmes, they can continue their degree at KLIUC or pursue their degree overseas at KLIUC partner universities. The entry requirement for KLIUC degree programmes is STPM with two relevant principles. Those with a Certificate in Matriculation, or KLIUC Foundation programme, or a recognised diploma or other equivalent qualifications may also apply.
KLIUC also provides loans based on merit through Majlis Amanah Rakyat and the National Higher Education Fund. Student intakes are carried out three times a year: April, June and November. For details, call the Marketing Department at 03-89266993/87373320, 019- 3883435; email: inquiry; or log on to:

HELP International Corporation Berhad’s Proposed Bonus Issue of New Ordinary Shares

Kuala Lumpur, Wednesday, 15 September 2010 – HELP International Corporation Berhad (HIC) held an Extraordinary General Meeting of shareholders (EGM) today at HELP University College. A circular to shareholders was released in relation to three proposals which is the proposed bonus issue of 53,265,600 new ordinary shares; a  proposed increase in the authorised share capital of HIC and proposed amendments to the Memorandum and Articles of Association of HIC. 
The proposed bonus issue of RM0.50 each will be issued on the basis of three (3) bonus shares for every five (5) existing ordinary shares. The proposed increase in the authorised capital from HIC is from RM 50,000,000 comprising 100,000,000 shares to RM250,000,000 comprising 500,000,000 shares.  
The announcement details filed with Bursa Malaysia dated 19 July 2010 by AmInvestment Bank Berhad on behalf of the Board of Directors of HIC; and with approval of the listing of and quotation for the Bonus Shares on the Main Market of Bursa Securities announced on 20 August 2010 are as follow:
  • bonus issue of 53,265,600 new Shares, to be credited as fully paid-up, on the basis of three (3) Bonus Shares for every five (5) existing Shares held at an entitlement date to be determined later;
  • increase in the authorised share capital of HIC from RM50,000,000 comprising 100,000,000 Shares to RM250,000,000 comprising 500,000,000 Shares; and 
  • amendments to the Memorandum and Articles of Association of HIC (“M&A”) pursuant to the Proposed Increase In Authorised Share Capital and to be in line with the recent amendments to the Main Market Listing Requirements (“Listing Requirements”) of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (“Bursa Securities”) relating to the electronic dividend payment (“eDividend”)

An Asian e-university for all

ASIA e University (AeU) is a dual-mode international university set in Asia by Asians for Asia. Its establishment is an initiative of Malaysia, as the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) countries' prime mover for e-education, with the support of 30 member countries as agreed at the Islamabad 2005 and Doha 2006 ACD ministerial meetings.
AeU will collaborate with institutions of higher learning and training centres in the 31 ACD countries to offer academic programmes and training to all participating countries.
The programmes and products are focused on affordability, accessibility, and marketability, and characterised by their flexibility, quality, and relevance.
AeU offers a wide array of courses ranging from short certificates courses to bachelors, masters and doctorates, in tune with market demands and niche.
Courses on offer now are from the School of Management, School of Education & Cognitive Science, and School of Information Computer Technology.
AeU's forthcoming programmes in the 2009/2010 session include the BBA (hons), MSc (by research), MMgt, Asian executive MBA, executive master's programmes and the DBA under the School of Management; BEd (hons) and MEd under the School of Education and Cognitive Science; and BICT (hons) and executive master's programmes under the School of ICT.
AeU is also supported by three other schools. The School of Graduate Studies is a "one-stop" customer-oriented centre for anyone interested in postgraduate studies at AeU, as well as current graduate students.
The School of Professional & Executive Education (SPEED) is responsible for provide training programmes and executive courses.
The Centre for Vocational and Technical Studies caters for pre- university, undergraduate and graduate students, offering vocational, engineering, technical courses. It offers vocational and technical courses at certificate and diploma levels to meet the needs of technical sub-professionals.
The pedagogy used at AeU employs two main modes of learning in the delivery of courses, which are the face-to-face or conventional approach which combines conventional teaching and learning and online interactions (e-learning mode), and the blended and online approach which combines face-to-face interactions, online interactions (e-learning mode) and independent study.
The entry requirements for the bachelor's degree is a diploma with minimum CGPA 2.00, matriculation or foundation with minimum CGPA 2.00, STPM with at least a C grade in two subjects, A-levels with at least C grade in three subjects, or International Baccalaureate (IB) with minimum 24 points.
For the master's degree, an applicant must have a bachelor's degree in the relevant field or other fields recognised by the AeU senate, or an open entry qualification recognised by Higher Education Ministry or other qualifications recognised by the AeU senate.
Applicants to all doctoral programmes at AeU must possess a master's degree in related field or other fields recognised by the AeU senate, or other qualifications recognised by the AeU senate. Applicants with working experiences are preferred.
To enrol for the bachelor programmes prospective candidates must be at least 21 years old on Jan 1 of the application year and possess PMR or its equivalent. For the master's programmes, candidates must be at least 35 years old on Jan 1 of the application year and possess STPM/matriculation/diploma or its equivalent.
AeU is located on the Ground Floor, Main Block, No. 4 Jalan Sultan Sulaiman, 50000 Kuala Lumpur. For information, call 1 300 300 238 or 03-27850088, or email or visit

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From: The CBS Interactive Business Network

AIMST shines with ICT

THE presence of information and communications technology in banking and commerce, marketing, health-care services, communications, entertainment, transportation, natural resources management, waste management, robotics and manufacturing and space exploration.

A time will come when ICT will be as common as water and electricity.

There are many key areas in this field and software development is one of them.

It includes the development of intelligent software products such as agent-based systems, expert systems, search engines, malicious code detection tools, medical diagnostics tools and credit granting and loan-analysis tools.

Another area in which ICT is developing rapidly is the wireless and mobile communications technology.

The research and development activities in the third- generation (3G) mobile network communications has had support from the telecommunication industries.

Japan, however, is carrying out research activities in fourth- generation (4G) mobile communications technology.

With the deployment of the 3G network technology, mobile communications service subscribers can do amazing things that have never been imagined by them before.

In the future, more advanced communication techniques such as multimedia video conferencing can be applied using mobile phones or watches.

In addition to this, the new Internet protocol, Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6), which has a vast addressing capability, will change the way people handle or use items.

One scenario of the use of IPv6 in the household would be like this: A refrigerator which uses an IPv6 address will check the quantity of items stored in it and, if there is a shortage, it will SMS the owner or places an order.

A career path in ICT gives one a chance to explore and apply new ideas and techniques in his life.

Hence, pursuing a degree in ICT is something that can equip oneself with theoretical knowledge and practical skills demanded by industries today.

AIMST's degree programmes in Computer Science and Information Technology meet the challenges in ICT.

A three-year degree programme in Computer Science with a specialisation either in software engineering, networking or multimedia is mixed with engineering to produce graduates who can meet the industrial requirements.

For details, visit

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UK may disrupt social networks during unrest

(Reuters) - Britain is considering disrupting online social networking such as Blackberry Messenger and Twitter during civil unrest, Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday, a move widely condemned as repressive when used by other countries.
Egyptian authorities shut down mobile and Internet services in January during mass protests against then-President Hosni Mubarak, while China is quick to shut down online communication it sees as subversive.
Police and politicians have said online social networks, in particular Research in Motion's popular Blackberry Messager (BBM), were used by rioters and looters to coordinate during four days of disorder across England this week.
"We are working with police, the intelligence services and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality," Cameron told parliament during an emergency session prompted by the riots.
Many of the rioters favored Canadian firm RIM's BBM over Twitter and other social media because its messages are encrypted and private.
The company said Monday that it cooperates with all telecommunications, law enforcement and regulatory authorities, but it declined to say whether it would hand over chat logs or user details to police.
RIM's encrypted services have been blamed for aiding militant attacks in India and for allowing unrelated men and women to communicate in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
In August last year, a source close to talks between RIM and Saudi authorities said the company had agreed to hand over information that would allow monitoring of BBM.
Online social media was also widely used by members of the British public in recent days to help others avoid troublespots and to coordinate a clean up after the rioting had ended.
BBM has more than 45 million active users worldwide, 70 percent of whom use it daily, sending billions of messages, pictures and other files in total every month.
Authorities grappling with violent unrest should avoid heavy-handed clampdowns on social media and instead try to enlist the help of the public against the rioters, said John Bassett, a former senior official at British signals intelligence agency GCHQ and now a senior fellow at the Royal United Services Institute.
"The use of social media in the unrest looks like a game-changer. But any attempt to exert state control over social media looks likely to fail," he told Reuters.
"A much better approach would be to encourage and support individuals and community groups in identifying alarming developments on social media and even speaking out on the internet against extremists and criminals, and ensuring that the police have the skills and technical support to get pre-emptive and operational intelligence from social media when necessary."

Author: Mohammed Abbas

Information Technology for Development

Aims & Scope

Information Technology for Development, with an established record for publishing quality research and influencing practice for over 20 years, is the first journal to have explicitly addressed global information technology issues and opportunities. It publishes social and technical research on the effects of Information Technology (IT) on economic, social and human development.

In addition to being a valuable publication in the field of information systems, Information Technology for Development is also cited in fields such as public administration, economics, and international development and business, and has a particularly large readership in international agencies connected to the Commonwealth Secretariat, United Nations, and World Bank.

Information Technology for Development endeavors to advance research and practice in the development of scalable Information Technology (IT) infrastructures in global development, and considers IT, policy and commerce infrastructures, and the effects of online communities and research methods for measuring the effects of IT.

The journal appeals to engineers, scientists, strategists, practitioners in the field, academics, international leaders, and policy-makers who recognize the importance of IT as an economic driver and make decisions with respect to investments in technical, legal and human infrastructures.

The objective of Information Technology for Development is to provide a forum for policy-makers, practitioners, and academics to discuss strategies and best practices for working in developing countries, tools and techniques for ascertaining the effects of IT infrastructures in government, civil societies and the private sector, and theories and frameworks that explain the effects of IT on development.

The journal helps address how to achieve significant, measurable improvements in addressing the Millennium Development Goals through Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Strategies for sourcing goods in the less developed countries and marketing services to the more developed countries; Best practices for working in the different countries; Theories and frameworks that explain the effects of IT on development; and Tools and techniques for ascertaining the effects of IT infrastructures in government, civil society and the private sector.

Information Technology for Development accepts both qualitative and quantitative research on subjects such as:

Development Issues
  • IT ethics and development
  • International legal frameworks
  • IT and the global community
  • Effect of mobile infrastructures on development
  • IT and the emergence of the knowledge society
  • International ICT dialogues and discourses: Implications for developed and transition economies
  • Consultation and collaboration across the digital differences
  • Adoption and diffusion of IT, and rate of uptake
  • Security of network infrastructures, public key infrastructure
  • Scalable infrastructures for development
  • Sustainable development in developing and transition economies
  • Attaining Millennium Development Goals through ICT
  • Official development assistance
IT Policy
  • eGovernment
  • IT infrastructure for public administration and reform [legal framework, human resource development (HRD) frameworks]
  • eGovernance for good government (eGovernment, eDemocracy and eBusiness)
  • International commerce and development
  • Public policy for the IT industry
  • Innovations in capacity building for ICT development (education in IT, skills for ICT development)
  • Debt financing strategies and developments
  • IT strategies for development (national and sectoral)
  • ICT and political development in transitional economies
  • ICT standards and dependency
  • Cyber-security
IT Business
  • Procurement: public procurement information systems
  • Metropolitan growth and Global Information Systems (GIS)
  • Sourcing strategies: netsourcing
  • Outsourcing web enabled strategies
  • Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) access to public procurement systems
  • Open sourcing, online communities
  • eCommerce Security
  • Uptake of ICTs on micro-enterprises and their effect on the economy
Health Informatics
  • Innovations in bioinformatics
  • Information for action in healthcare
  • Health information systems
  • Rural health infrastructures 
Published by: Routledge From: Taylor & Francis Group