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Wednesday March 25, 2009 TODAY

MDIS SCHOOL OF TECHNOLOGY AND E-LEARNING The MDIS School of Technology and E-Learning (STEL) aims to equip its students with the necessary skills to gain a foothold in the IT industry, with a comprehensive suite of broad-based programmes. Working closely with wellaccredited and established universities, the school offers programmes which are relevant, rigorous and of a high quality. Curricula are regularly reviewed and updated to keep pace with developments in the IT field. Students learn the latest syllabuses, topics and technologies, guided by lecturers who have more than 10 years of corporate and training experience. Besides degrees in digital media and computer security, network administration and design, STEL also offers the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Business Computing from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom.

“With my academic and practical knowledge of hardware and software, I’ll be a well-rounded IT guy.” Shaun Rishi, systems support engineer at IBM and part-time student at MDIS

Their digital revolution

For these two professionals, heading back to the classroom means a future with more open doors

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UIDED by the Infocomm Development Authority’s Intelligent Nation 2015 Masterplan, which was launched in 2006, Singapore is primed to become a global infocomm hub by 2015. In the pipeline is an ambitious plan to create an infocomm platform to serve the needs of individuals, add value to businesses and connect them to the global market. Besides wiring up the nation, the masterplan aims to create an additional 80,000 jobs and raise the value of the local infocomm industry. Before the masterplan comes to fruition, two professionals are prepping themselves for future opportunities — by heading back to the classroom. A WELL-ROUNDED FOUNDATION Shaun Rishi, a 25-year-old systems support engineer at IBM and a part-time student at the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), is counting on Edith Cowan University’s (ECU) Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Security, Net-

work Administration and Design) to give him a leg up. Shaun said that he was drawn to the Australian degree as his Diploma in Internet Computing, which he attained earlier at a local polytechnic, allowed him to gain entry into the second year of the programme. He added: “This double-major course covers a good range of topics and gives us a wider perspective of the vast IT field. It’s definitely appealing that I can earn two qualifications at the same time.” Students on the ECU programme will graduate with a Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Security, Network Administration and Design) and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification — which recognises that the holder is capable of designing and implementing information systems solutions and infrastructure to meet business requirements. As one of the youngest members in his company to study for the MCSE, Shaun said that his degree programme has enhanced his

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understanding of IT infrastructures and allows him to perform better, beyond his job scope which involves troubleshooting hardware problems for corporate clients. He is able to go the extra mile by identifying and explaining software problems, such as network or security issues, to his clients so that they can seek assistance. Security breaches or network downtime can affect key business processes and cost companies thousands or even million of dollars. Shaun added: “The MCSE certification will be very useful in the future as it enhances my market value — I will be one step ahead of other fresh graduates because I have something extra to offer. “With my academic and practical knowledge of hardware and software, I’ll be a wellrounded IT guy, which will give me more opportunities when I graduate.”

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A STEP CLOSER TO HIS GOAL For product engineer Kwek Siow Huat, developing a career in infocomm was a central motivation when he signed up for MDIS’s newly-launched digital media course. Siow Huat, who works for Seagate Technology and has a diploma in electrical engineering, said: “The Singapore government has identified two main areas of IT in which we lack talent: Computer security and digital media. I chose digital media as it covers interesting aspects such as designing computer games and animation.” Explaining why he signed up for the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Digital Media at MDIS, Siow Huat said: “It is broad based and exposes students to a range of skills. Also, the degree is conferred by the University of the West of England (UWE), which is one of Britain’s most popular universities.” In an assessment conducted by The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education in the United Kingdom — an organisation which checks how universities maintain their academic standards and quality — ­ UWE scored highly for the field of art, media and design. Mr Barry Dean, programme leader of the digital media degree at UWE, said: “The course allows students to acquire both technical and creative skills. It offers students employment prospects across a range of media-driven companies, including television, advertising, web development, and the gaming industry.” Currently, Siow Huat is awaiting the start of his undergraduate term, having completed the course’s bridging modules, which he described as “very useful and wellplanned”. He added: “I believe it will equip me with the specialised and unique skills I need to get into the digital media industry.” — Lynette Koh

“I believe (the UWE degree) will equip me with the specialised and unique skills I need to get into the digital media industry.” Kwek Siow Huat, product engineer at Seagate Technology and parttime student at MDIS

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