Computing is cool again!

Computing Is Cool Again!

The dot-com bubble of 2000 to 2002 saw hundreds of companies tanking.  Stock values in the Silicon Valley bottomed out, and many companies were even forced to declare bankruptcy, making a Degree in Computer Science pretty much one of the least desirable choices for undergraduates around the world.  Now, a decade down the road, is this still true today? In short: no, not at all.

With the rising popularity of social media and mobile technologies, many young people are no longer content to just be passive consumers of technology.  Instead, they now want to jump into the driver’s seat and become entrepreneurs and producers, to be the person to create the next Facebook or YouTube.

Indeed, according to a Straits Times interview on this very topic, Professor David Rosenblum – dean of the National University of Singapore’s School of Computing – said that the recent explosion in the demand for computer science courses is down to the great job prospects in store for graduates.  “There are a variety of jobs, and interesting ones at that”, he said, pointing out that Computer Science graduates can expect to draw a mean salary of $3,900.

However, despite this meteoric rise in popularity, local universities are still struggling to produce enough Computer Science graduates to meet industry demands.  This is perhaps due to the recent industrial focus on “big data”, or anonymous data that is collected on a large-scale basis for research and development purposes.  With big data starting to take front stage for both governments and companies, so too has the industrial demand for professionals skilled in the collection and interpretation of such data.

Interested?  If you’re thinking of doing an IT degree, look no further than MDIS.  We offer IT degrees in a wide variety of areas such as computer security, network technology, business computing and digital media.  Not only are you able to get your degree within two years, but you can also rest assured that you will be getting a quality education as our degrees are awarded by well-recognised universities from the UK.

Wanted: More cyber security experts

SINGAPORE – The rising sophistication of cyberattacks that can even disrupt the operations of key infocomm infrastructure – such as those in the banking, transport, energy and public sectors – is a potential threat to Singapore.This is made worse by a global shortage of highly-skilled infocomm-security professionals who can defend against such attacks.


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Preview Session on 16 July 2014

The School of Technology and E-Learning’s (STEL) latest preview session wrapped up on 16 July 2014 and was a resounding success.  Specially catered for students who were interested in our graduate and postgraduate programmes, the event started off with a talk from Head of School Ms Mullai who introduced the school and its programmes to the attendees.

The attendees came from every walk of life, ranging from those who were still serving National Service to working professionals who were seeking a mid-career change.  To her credit, Ms Mullai gave her speech with much gusto, and the attendees all walked away from the session with a clearer picture of not just STEL’s programmes, but also of their possible career prospects after graduating.

Government to call for S$1.2b in new ICT tenders – Channel NewsAsia

Cybersecurity, infrastructure and data analytics among the tenders to be issued for the financial year of 2014 by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.


Did you know that the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) has recently called for S$1.2 billion worth of government infocomm tenders for the fiscal year of 2014?  This clearly points to the fact that the IT industry is still growing and remains a prime investment choice!


This recent move also signals the Singapore government’s continued willingness to invest in IT infrastructure, thus ensuring that our country remains at the cutting edge of technology for many years to come.  It also points to the government’s willingness to respond to the changing needs of its citizens, and its move towards a more interactive relationship with its citizens: something perhaps best exemplified by the eCitizen Ideas portal, a website that crowd-sources for new ways that the nation can grow and improve.

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