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APU’s Role in Shaping Malaysia’s Data Analytics Future

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In the era of digitalisation, automation has become prevalent, reshaping the world with the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data leading the way. These technologies have the potential to address significant global issues such as climate change, health crises, poverty, and smart city infrastructure. However, to unlock their potential, data analysts, data innovators, intelligence developers, data engineers, and machine learning scientists play a crucial role in extracting valuable insights from the vast amount of raw data collected.

As the demand for data science expertise continues to soar, Malaysia’s big data analytics market is projected to reach RM8.7 billion (US$1.9 billion) by 2025, creating around six million jobs. Institutions like the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) are stepping up to meet this demand by offering industry-relevant programs like the BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and BSc (Hons) in Computer Science with a specialism in Data Analytics.

The Vice Chancellor of the Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) emphasised that technology is ever-evolving, and data scientists have the potential to bring revolutionary solutions that can save lives and solve human problems.

For those interested in mathematics, statistics, analytical, and problem-solving skills, the Computer Science and Data Analytics specialism programs at APU are excellent options to explore. These programs cover a wide range of subjects, including operating systems, networks, databases, artificial intelligence, programming languages like C++ and Python, data structures, concurrent programming, business intelligence systems, deep learning, and more.

The Head of APU’s School of Computing highlighted the importance of having a mathematical brain and some working knowledge of programming languages for aspiring data scientists. While the prospect may seem daunting, these skills can be learned with practice. Data scientists delve into data beyond just crunching numbers, requiring a deeper understanding of the underlying patterns and dynamics.

Furthermore, APU students have undertaken impressive projects, such as the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) and big data in healthcare, aimed at reducing unnecessary hospital visits and the burden on healthcare systems. A group of Data Analytics students successfully built an IoMT market comprising smart devices for healthcare use, like wearables and medical monitors. These devices enable real-time location tracking and telehealth services, contributing to improved healthcare and lifestyle monitoring for patients, particularly those diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma cancer.

To prepare students for this data-driven future, APU has partnered with a leading statistical software suite to develop data scientists in Malaysia. The company endorses APU’s undergraduate and postgraduate level data analytics programs, providing tools and educational material support for learning and research purposes. Moreover, all data analytics students receive a Joint Professional Certificate from the developer of the statistical software suite, enhancing their employability.

APU also offers the APU-DMU dual degree program, where students can obtain two-degree certificates upon graduation – one from APU and another from De Montfort University in the UK, renowned for its 150 years of experience in providing higher education. This dual degree program enhances graduates’ employability and contributes to APU’s impressive 100% employability track record.

In conclusion, as the world embraces the digital revolution, the demand for data scientists and experts in data analytics is rapidly increasing. The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation is committed to providing high-quality industry-relevant programs to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to harness the potential of IoT and big data and drive innovation in various sectors, ultimately contributing to solving complex global challenges.

In the era of digitalisation, the focus on technology, particularly the Internet of Things (IoT) and big data, has significant implications for improving citizen experiences across various sectors. From healthcare to transportation and smart city initiatives, data-driven insights can revolutionise how governments and organisations interact with citizens, making services more efficient, personalised, and responsive to their needs.

By preparing students for careers in data analytics and data science, institutions like APU play a vital role in developing talents capable of leveraging technology to enhance citizen experiences, solve complex societal issues, and create a more connected and inclusive future. With the ever-increasing adoption of IoT and big data in public services, skilled data professionals can contribute to driving innovation, optimising resource allocation, and ultimately shaping a more citizen-centric world.


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