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First City UC alumni take industry by storm

Three successful graduates share how industry-relevant programmes have prepared them for remarkable careers

14 Jan 2020 / 14:03 H.

CURRENTLY, many industries across the world are adopting the use of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Automation and various other digital technologies in their daily work. This is a sure sign that the global phenomenon known as Industrial Revolution 4.0 (I.R 4.0) is gaining a foothold in the workplace.

This key transition in the Malaysian economy has caught the attention of the government. To address I.R 4.0’s growing importance, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) instituted the Industry4WRD policy, with the aim of doubling the number of skilled workers by the year 2025.

First City UC (formerly known as KBU International College) is confident of meeting the challenge set by MITI’s policy through its industry-relevant Engineering and Computing academic programmes.

“The Faculty of Engineering and Computing (FEC) aims to equip our students with the right mindset and technical skills that will allow them to coast along I.R 4.0. For this purpose, the faculty has inked several Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with reputable industry partners such as NEM.io and Iconix Sdn Bhd. This allows us the use of the latest learning and teaching resources,” said FEC Dean Associate Professor Dr. Christine Lee Siew Ken.

Lee further adds that FEC’s industry links benefited students tremendously as they have the opportunity to interact with representatives of potential employers during events such as Career Day and the annual Innovation Day showcase.

Chew Mun Loong, an Electrical and Electronics Engineering graduate, can pride himself on having two notable careers under his belt. Chew landed a job as a project engineer with a public listed infrastructure firm.

His job involved planning and drawing as well as managing technicians in projects specialising in Extra Low Voltage (ELV) systems.

Later on, a change in career saw Chew becoming a Master Trainer at Malaysia’s leading robotics learning centre, popularly known as CR8. His current job entails teaching students to build and programme robots, occasionally coaching them for robotics competitions.

Meanwhile, Electronics and Computing graduate Christopher Leong Yew Chong has gone on to establish a career in the Fintech industry. Founded in 2012, his firm Soft Space aims to simplify the complexity of financial infrastructure and provide value-added services for business growth.

Having established a presence in 20 financial institutions from 10 countries, Soft Space is now a leading Fintech player in the Asia-Pacific region.

As chief strategy officer, Leong manages stakeholder and partner relations which enabled Soft Space to complete two rounds of funding with its major Japanese investors. Through a partnership with one of these investors, Soft Space will be powering cashless acceptance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics with its Fasstap solution, the world’s first PIN-based Tap-to-Phone solution.

For Falk Au Yeong, another Electronics and Computing graduate, it was a different career pathway altogether. Yeong was able to land a career that allowed him to merge his engineering training with his passion for music.

Currently, he is the Malaysian managing director of an internationally renowned music recording and mixing company, where he oversees projects for popular game franchises such as Sonic the Hedgehog and Final Fantasy. He has also been involved in many locally produced video games, including the highly acclaimed No Straight Roads.

Students who sign up immediately for any Engineering or Computing programme during the January intake will be rewarded with an attractive 50% incentive off their tuition fee.

To learn more about the FEC programmes offered at the Foundation, Diploma, Bachelor Degree and Postgraduate levels, drop by the First City UC campus for a face-to-face counselling session.

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