What You Get Studying Engineering in the Heart of Malaysia’s Technology Hub

By Uni Enrol - 3 weeks ago
Where to Study The advantage studying engineering in Penang is access to innovative technology companies

KDU Penang has been one of the pioneering institutions offering engineering courses in the areas of electrical and electronic engineering (E&E), mechanical, and mechatronics.

Here are five reasons to consider studying at an institution located at the heart of Malaysia’s technology hub.


1. High Employment Opportunity

Students from KDU Penang’s School of Engineering has close to 100% track record of securing employment upon graduation into well known engineering and technology companies including Intel, HP, Motorola, Keysight Technologies, Vitrox and Jabil.

Technology sectors are constantly growing and are constantly short of talented engineers and programmers in every field.

With the advent of Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics applications, a strong knowledge and practical foundation in the fields of E&E, mechanical, and mechatronics will be highly sought after.


2. Be at the Forefront of Technological Change

Many of these technology companies such as Inari, Vitrox and Intel, serve giants like Samsung and Apple by developing supporting technologies and manufacturing critical components.

These companies foster close ties with the School and many graduates have easily found careers in areas of R&D and product development for these companies.

Vitrox and many other established companies count as the many industry partners of KDU Penang

By serving these global companies as clients, graduates will be able to stand at the precipice of these advancements and  gain many opportunities to explore careers overseas.

Nevertheless, how far you go will also depend on your initiatives to constantly upgrade technical knowledge and have an attuned understanding of shifts and trends in the industries.


3. Learn from Industry Relevant Curriculum

The School of Engineering maintains a 60%/40% practical to exam split.

Diploma students are highly focused on technical training while degree students will also learn project management skills to incorporate an entrepreneurial mindset of budgeting, marketing and overall business management.

Students in engineering labs working on projects

Students are trained on problem-solving software commonly used the engineering industry such as Matlab, MyTRIZ, Labview, SolidWorks, and Mentor Graphics. Every student is provided individual licences of these software which they can use to train and practice.

The School will also be introducing subjects covering IoT to keep in line with technological development trends.

With increasing connectedness between software, hardware, artificial intelligence and cloud technology, the landscape of IoT is set to grow rapidly.


4. Gain Real Industry Exposure

The School expose students to the industry in many ways. Most commonly through industrial training which are attachments to companies for students to apply what they have learnt.

On top of this, the School takes in external projects from companies such as Inari, HP and Motorola that engaged students to come up with solutions to multiple problems.

Moving forward, the School will be partnering with the Malaysian Productivity Corporation (MPC) to establish more industry linkages and bring real world projects to its students.


5. Become a Technopreneur

Part of the curriculum teaches students the essence of entrepreneurship which is to be resourceful, creative, problem solving and constantly identifying market opportunities available from a technical and engineering aspect.

To put this into application, the School organises the Best Business Competition together with the students of Business and Computing Schools.

Winners of the Best Business Competition 2017

Students from the different Schools form teams and develop product prototypes and pitch in front of a panel of judges from prominent startups and the corporate world.

Students go through a series of workshops to equip themselves with skills like project management, market analysis and presentation skills before finally pitching the idea to the judges.

External overseas competitions are also available to students. One such competition was held in South Korea and participated by E&E students.

Electronics & Electrical Engineering student Yeap Soon Kent participating in a Global Hackathon competition in South Korea to develop applications that solve tourism related issues.


KDU Penang Engineering Courses

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Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Mechatronics)

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Bachelor Of Engineering (Hons) in Mechatronics Engineering (3+0) with Northumbria University, UK

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Note: SPM/O-Level students may take Foundation in Science to proceed to degree level or may go for diploma route directly. 

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