Thursday, 11 August 2011
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 www.mmu.edu.my