New specialisations for computing

Incoming students to the NUS Computing Information Systems (IS) degree programme from Academic Year 2017/18 can look forward to an expanded curriculum that will prepare them for careers in fast-growing Financial Technology (FinTech) and Enterprise IT sectors.

In the first major revamp in seven years, the new curriculum aims to train students in the development of technological solutions for large organisations as well as offer two additional specialisations in the areas of FinTech and Digital Innovation.

The revamped curriculum is hoped to meet the rapidly changing industry needs. In this digital economy, the industry has seen a shift in preferred business model towards digital business ecosystems and platforms. Occurring in tandem with this is a rapid growth in digital technologies, fuelling a global demand for technology professionals with ability to develop and manage these types of enterprise systems.

The IT industry landscape and manpower requirements have transformed tremendously over the last decade, said Professor Mohan Kankanhalli, resulting in greater demands for innovation, design thinking, ecosystem development, platform architectural design, and IT governance associated with expertise in information systems.

“In particular, future IT professionals should be well-versed in the key emergent frontiers such as FinTech and Internet of Things. It is therefore timely that we enhance the IS undergraduate degree programme so that our graduates continue to possess skills and competencies that are relevant to industry needs," he added.

Students will be able to prepare themselves to work in large enterprise-based IT environments through new courses such as ‘Enterprise Systems Architecture and Design’, and will also have a chance to be involved in real-world projects through internships, giving them industry exposure and early career insights.

NUS Computing plans to take in up to 120 students per year for the four-year IS programme.

See press release.