The Institute of Computer Science and Digital Innovation Goes Beyond Boundaries

UCSI’s Institute of Computer Science and Digital Innovation (ICSDI) was established with the objectives of advancing innovation through technology and to ensure its graduates are prepared for various kinds of challenges posed, not just today, but also tomorrow. As such, programmes offered by the Institute are skewed towards specialisation for niche industries of the modern world.

ICSDI has established relationships with key industrial partners and with these partnerships, students are allowed to attend training and other forms of sessions that would shape their mind towards developing cogent ideas for business solutions. Students have interned for Samsung, Huawei, Hilti and UCSI Group’s own telecommunications service, Uni Comms International.

According to Peter Sondergaard of Gartner Research, Information is the oil of the 21st century and Data Analytics is the combustion engine. As such, Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT) professionals use IT to innovate and push for efficient technological breakthroughs that will lead to a technologically advanced human society.

In 2020, without the convergence of IT and Telecommunications, COVID-19 would have brought the human society into the dark ages. From emails to real-time video conferencing, we not only survived the distancing controls, we have even thrived in the digital world of e-commerce and webinars. We were able to push for a quicker digitised world.

Additionally, emerging IR 4.0 technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, Machine Learning, and Data Analytics are changing how industries operate. Therefore, the demand for graduates in Computer Science and Information Technology graduates is increasing.

“A good foundation in Mathematics will take you a long way in succeeding in the industry. The slogan for our CS and IT graduates is CLAP: Creativity, Logic, Attitude and Programming. If you have these traits, the digital world will open an unimaginable world with endless possibilities,” said Professor Dr Kurunathan Ratnavelu, Director of ICSDI.

“The demand for CS and IT graduates is increasing also as the COVID-19 has accelerated the digitisation era. For years, we have heard dire warnings that technology poses a threat to millions of workers’ jobs. But since the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen that technology can enable human work; the work of the future,” he added.

Among the programmes offered by ICSDI are the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Business Information Systems, Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons) in Mobile Computing and Networking, Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Computer Science in Data Science with Honours, MSc in Technopreneurship and the Diploma in IT.

“This is an ‘evolving industry’ and I envision ICSDI playing a national and global role in CS and IT in the next decade,” said Professor Kurunathan.

Among the successful graduates from ICSDI is Shin Nay Lin, who is now an Engineer with LM Ericsson Ltd, Ireland. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Computer Science in Mobile Computing and Networking and was the recipient of the Boole’s Scholarship in University College Cork.

“Thanks to the support of ICSDI, I had the chance to continue my studies. I also got the opportunity to learn the basics and knowledge for my current career. There’s no doubt that ICSDI will keep supporting their students and pave their future while maintaining the quality of their work,” she said.

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