UNIMY Collaborates with YTAN to Provide Digital Technology Career Pathway for Tahfiz Students
UNIMY believes that everyone should be given the opportunity to explore and venture into the world of digital technology. In an effort to provide Tahfiz students with a digital technology education pathway such as in computer engineering and computer science, UNIMY, the premier digital technology university recently collaborated with Yayasan Tahfiz An-Nisaa (YTAN), an NGO committed to the development of Tahfiz education through charitable activities and scientific programs
In March 2021, Yayasan Tahfiz An-Nisaa visited UNIMY to discuss academic programme collaborations. Both parties note the importance of getting Tahfiz students into the fields of digital technology to ensure Tahfiz students are not left behind as the world rapidly moves towards the digital sphere.
Exposing Tahfiz students to the skills and knowledge relevant to the digital technology industry will enable the Tahfiz students to be innovative in developing applications related to Tahfiz education, such as Syariah compliant digital equipment, products, software application, and many more.
The incorporation of Tahfiz and digital technology are expected to be able to generate education transformation, creating a holistic and integrated human capital. For example, by having a background in computer engineering and computer science, entrepreneurial Tahfiz students can be assured that they would be able to adhere to the Islamic Digital Economy (IDE) compliance guide established by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corp. IDE refers to any commercial or social activity undertaken within the digital space that is either shariah-compliant or shariah-neutral. They range from those in fintech and virtual reality development to property crowdfunding platforms, parking solution providers, digital Islamic banks, travel agencies and car leasing operators.
This is because computer engineering is the marriage of computer science and electrical engineering while computer science is the study of how data and instructions are processed, stored, communicated by computing devices. Students in these fields will work with data and attempt ultimately to harness meaning from it and find context and purpose in similar kinds of projects or in different aspects of the same kinds of projects. Thus, the terms computer engineering and computer science are sometimes used interchangeably, despite the fact the fact that they differ in many ways. At its core, computer science is generally about writing codes that integrates data, data structures, algorithms, statistical models and more in an efficient manner. For example, many computer science professionals spend their days creating algorithms that can achieve complex tasks—whether that’s emulating a human brain or determining the best route for a food delivery service. Computer engineering, on the other hand, involves for example how to build all varieties of computing systems, from smartphones to integrated circuits.
Being digital technology savvy does not mean the Tahfiz students will be putting behind their Tahfiz Studies (Pengajian Tahfiz) as UNIMY will be offering its distinct UNIMY Tahfiz Certification Programme. UNIMY through the Center for Language and General Studies has taken the initiative to create places and opportunities for students in technical fields to obtain the Tahfiz Al-Quran Certificate during their studies at UNIMY.
This aspiration will be realised through the collaboration of UNIMY and YTAN. After thorough discussions, YTAN has been appointed as UNIMY representative and recruiter of Tahfiz students. UNIMY Vice Chancellor (Professor Datuk Ts. Dr. Mohd Razali Muhamad) and team also paid a courtesy visit to Maahad Tahfiz Az Zahrah.
Additionally, both UNIMY Vice Chancellor and a Cyber Security lecturer Mr. Mohd Naim Abdullah appeared on Salam Dunia Tahfiz (SDT) talk show organised by YTAN to introduce UNIMY and what is cyber security diploma programme at UNIMY all about.
Aside from explaining about UNIMY’s Diploma in Information Technology (Cyber Security) Mr Mohd Naim also shared that cyber security is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. Cyber security has been used as a catch-all term in the media to describe the process of protection against every form of cybercrime, from identity theft to international digital weapons. These cyberattacks are usually aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information; extorting money from users; or interrupting normal business processes. Thus, demand for cyber security specialists is high as implementing effective cybersecurity measures is particularly challenging today because there are more devices than people, and attackers are becoming more innovative.
UNIMY’s Diploma in Information Technology (Cyber Security) will expose Tahfiz students to the principles and practices of digital security and cyber security thus grooming them for entry-level cyber security positions. It aims to equip students with analytical and technical skills necessary in the areas of network security, software security and digital forensics which include installing and configuring critical software, monitoring networks, responding to cyber-attacks, assessing threats, and finding and fixing vulnerabilities. Graduates will become cyber security specialists capable of helping their organisations secure computer and network resources as well as protect critical and sensitive information.
Due to overwhelming response and many wanted to know more about the academic journey of Tahfiz students to UNIMY, YTAN has developed a special session, namely Tahfiz Digital Learning (TDL) for UNIMY representatives (experts and lecturers) to share insightful information related to the programme offerings, UNIMY focus areas, and the field of digital technology as a whole.