Connie Ong Hui May, 20, who is spastic, did not expect that she would emerge as the best student under the STPM 2018 special student category. The graduate from SMK Oya, Sarawak, who lost her ability to walk when she was 10, said she was thankful to her friends and teachers who helped her through tough times. “My teachers always made sure I was able to catch up with lessons, while my friends would help me get some classes located in places that are not accessible to me because I’m in a wheelchair,” said the art stream student whose mother passed away some years ago due to cancer. “My father played a big role. He always finds time to drive me to and from school every day,” she said of her father who works as a van driver. She said her secret to scoring a CGPA of 4.0 was to understand the syllabus thoroughly. “Don’t memorise, it is better to understand. Towards exam time, I would study harder and understand the whole textbook – not leaving out a single detail,” she said, adding her motivation to study was her dream of enrolling into Cambridge University someday.
A determined and hardworking Nor Faiza Rosidin, 20, is now one step closer to making a change in the orang asli community. “I want to be an inspiration to other orang asli, especially all my younger siblings, so that we can be successful,” said the STPM graduate from SMK Abu Bakar, Temerloh, Pahang, who emerged as the best student under the orang asli category for STPM 2018 with a CGPA score of 3.83. The eldest of five children born to rubber tapper parents, Nor Faiza from the Semelai tribe, said she wanted to show people that orang asli are also capable individuals. “I want to be successful so that people won’t look down on me. It is not impossible to achieve your goal. “It may be difficult, but if you work hard towards it you can make it happen,” she said after thanking supportive teachers, parents and friends. She hopes to enrol into Universiti Malaya and major in education, particularly in the field of special education.
Dhivya Janani Mariappan, 20, has seen her parents struggle as rubber tappers. Using them as her motivation and drive to strive for a better life, Divya burnt the midnight oil and scored a CGPA 4.0. She was one of 10 students across the country who emerged as best students for STPM 2018. “I feel really proud. “My parents have never left Kelantan but here they are today to watch me receive my award from the Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik himself,” said the SMK Dato’ Mahmud Paduka Raja (1), Tanah Merah, Kelantan student. Dhivya aspires to become an accountant, and plans to apply to get into Universiti Malaya.
WITH many unemployed graduates struggling to secure a job after graduating, this has become a major concern for many students and their parents. As the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution or better known as Industry 4.0 hits closer to home, we are now edging closer to living in a futuristic world and it is only just a matter of time that routine jobs be replaced by automation and robotics.
As one of the leading technology universities in Malaysia, Asia Pacific University (APU) has been addressing the needs of Industry 4.0 through their innovative teaching and learning methods with first-of-its-kind courses and world-class facilities – ensuring students a future-proof career, not just for their first jobs but for life-long careers.
If technological studies is something you are interested in, APU might just be the premier private university for you. By ensuring that all students are empowered with the ability to keep up with the challenges within the world of Industry 4.0 and beyond, APU is upholding their vision as a university of technology and innovation to nurture the world’s future innovators.
A report published in 2017 titled Emerging Technologies’ Impact on Society and Work in 2030 by Dell Technologies revealed that almost 40% of jobs ranging from entry levels to C-levels will soon be replaced by 2030 – causing far-reaching implications on students aspiring to join the workforce of tomorrow.
However at APU, courses offered to students are highly relevant to Industry 4.0, making graduates future-proof and ready for employment. The teaching and learning approaches at APU are carefully designed to nurture innovative thinking within an integrated campus environment. Students also develop a global mindset by operating within a multi-cultural community on campus that comprises students from over 130 countries. Besides, APU graduates are seen to possess the necessary soft skills and professionalism to face the global challenges ahead.
APU’s Industry 4.0-relevant programmes such as in cyber security, data science, IoT, intelligent systems and cloud computing, were carefully designed together with APU’s industry advisory panels, to equip students with the latest technical and soft skills that are required by the future job market.
While Industry 4.0 also impacts the global business, accounting and finance spectrum, our students who are currently undergoing their studies in business management, accounting, banking and finance are also exposed towards Industry 4.0-relevant areas such as Financial Technology (FinTech), Digital Marketing, E-Business and Blockchain. APU have also re-designed the programmes to incorporate both traditional financial and business methods as well as innovative emerging technologies, ensuring that business, accounting and finance graduates are future-proof and Industry 4.0-ready as well.
Industrial-grade infrastructure available at APU allows students to be exposed to real-time data and scenarios, training them to become competent technology professionals even before they graduate. For instance, the first-of-its-kind APU CyberSecurity Talent Zone features military-grade real-time cybersecurity monitoring software at the full-fledged Cyber Threats Simulation and Response Centre and Security Operations Centre, providing them real-life exposure and practical experience. Learning at APU is no longer confined within the classroom in the era of Industry 4.0, as one’s practical knowledge becomes as significant as academic and theoretical knowledge.
APU’s industrial partnerships with innovative accelerators such as GrowthX Academy and Supercharger further enhances the platform for students to realise their world-changing ideas. The formula has proven to be a success, as APU students have been well-recognised through their victories in national and international level competitions organised by major industry players, such as FAMELab, Intel-CREST Industry-University Challenge, NASA Space Apps Challenge, World Asian Business Case Competition, SAS FinTech Challenge and many more. Under this formula, over 40,000 alumni are employed globally in reputable multi-national companies such as Accenture, HP, IBM, Huawei Technologies, Astro, Maybank, Standard Chartered and many more.
On March 23 (Saturday), APU will be organising a series of Industry & Career Seminars, where industry experts from the fields of Cyber Security, Actuarial Studies, FinTech, Games Development, Design & Visual Effects, Data Science, Engineering and other Industry 4.0-relevant areas will be conducting live seminar sessions to provide exposure on potential job opportunities, skillsets required and the prospects of the relevant industry.