The article “Evolving education in times of Covid-19″ was originally published by The Star at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/education/2020/08/06/evolving-education-in-times-of-covid-19
COVID-19 has challenged organisations to rethink and execute radical new approaches to their business operations.
The widespread global pandemic has presented challenges that drastically changed the way businesses and organisations operate today, necessitating an online approach as opposed to traditional physical presence.
As we head towards the new normal of the foreseeable future, adapting to the needs and technology of the times is a must. As with anything online, security is a major concern, as data and information are far more exposed to hackers and cyber theft.
Recognising technology as a key enabler to respond to the new normal, INTI International University & Colleges has collaborated with Amazon Web Services (AWS), LGMS Group Sdn Bhd (LGMS), and SAS to create its new Diploma in Computer Science (DCS), which includes modules with industry-standard training in cybersecurity, cloud computing, and data analytics.
As companies embrace remote working, cloud computing addresses on-demand delivery of IT resources over the Internet with pay-as-you-go pricing.
Instead of buying, owning, and maintaining physical data centres and servers, users can access technology services such as computing power, storage and databases almost entirely online.
Managing the Cloud is an essential skill for all professionals and one that students should learn even before entering the workplace.
Cybersecurity must be present across all ICT areas.Simultaneously, organisations are facing greater cyber attacks. Some of the ways that cybercriminals have cashed in on the Covid-19 situation include virus-themed social engineering attempts, the sale of counterfeit medical masks, and the spread of rumours pertaining to the pandemic.
“Employees working remotely must be aware of cyber threats. Every organisation and individual should regularly ensure their connections are secure, be cautious of phishing emails and ensure all software and operating systems are up to date, ” said LGMS chief executive officer Fong Choong Fook.
The incorporation of a cybersecurity module in DCS helps students to identify and appreciate the applicability of cyber security across all areas of ICT including programming, networking, systems administration, big data analytics and artificial intelligence.
To help learners and professionals further adapt to new routines, SAS offers flexible data analytics options for users.
“SAS’ software tools and platforms can help companies harness their data to drive informed decisions, ” said SAS Malaysia managing director Cheam Tat Inn.
“From predictive maintenance in manufacturing, to gaining insights into customer behaviour in online retail, to resource allocation within a hospital,
analytics can help companies make better decisions to sustain and thrive in an unpredictable world.
“The demand for workers skilled in analytics has outpaced supply, and companies are looking to analytics to gain insights into their data for better decision-making.
“The modules offered in INTI’s DCS programme will provide students the skills in data analysis, data management, predictive analytics, machine learning and more, that can provide a foundation for students to pursue a career in data analytics, ” shared Cheam.
“In these challenging times, education must become a continuous, experiential, and regularised process, ” said INTI International University & Colleges chief executive officer Tan Lin Nah.
“This makes micro-credentialing within education syllabus a critical component in a student’s long term career aspirations and provides them early training and pathways for certifications in specialised fields.
“This is how education can evolve so that it remains constantly relevant with industry trends.
“At INTI, we prepare our graduates for the jobs of the future and sustain them during challenging times by equipping them with the transferrable skill sets needed to excel and adapt in the ever-changing job landscape.”
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