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.

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.

Northumbria University Preview Session on 01 Aug 2014 (Fri), 7pm

NU Joint Preview eDM

STEL Preview Session

Date      : 01 Aug 2014 (Fri)
Time      : 7pm
Venue    : O’Coffee Club (Raffles Place)
No.7 Raffles Place Singapore 048625 (Near Raffles Place MRT)

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Russian students at STEL’s 3D workshop

The MDIS School of Technology and E-Learning (STEL) hosted our Russian friends when they visited the MDIS campus on 1st and 3rd July 2014. Aside from being shown around the many state-of-the-art facilities that MDIS has to offer its students, these students were also given the opportunity to learn more about animation from STEL lecturer Mr James Chew in an on-the-spot workshop.

After several hours of playing around with MAYA (an animation software often used for games, movies and other large-scale animation projects), most of the students finally got the hang of using the technically-demanding software and managed to animate a jumping box: a task that may sound easy, but is actually quite challenging! They were also treated to a video from Walt Disney Studios introducing them to the twelve basic principles of animation, and learnt how to perfectly imitate the illusion of life through animation.

The workshop proved to be a hit, and many of our overseas guests have said that they would definitely come back to MDIS as digital media students in the future. We look forward to seeing them again, and hope that they had as much fun visiting Singapore as we had hosting them!