China has the largest Internet imprint in the global stage. As of today, it has more than 500 million Internet users and it is to set to rise exponentially. With the Chinese tech industries quickly cementing itself as global market leaders, it will welcome the next age of global communication and by large, the Internet of Things.
The guide below details why and where to study the discipline in the country and the perquisites required to thrive in computer science careers.
What are Computer Science and Information Technology?
Computer scientists are, in fact, scientists. They are focused on the theory of computational applications. That means they understand the “why” behind computer programs. Using algorithms and advanced mathematics, computer scientists invent new ways to manipulate and transfer information. Computer scientists are generally concerned with software, operating systems, and implementation.
Why study in China?
1. Affordable Tuition Fees
Compared to European universities and institutions, the tuition fees comparatively cheaper in Chinese campuses. Depending on the institution and subject of choice, tuition fees can vary per academic year. Typically, students are expected to pay between RM 7,000 to RM12, 700 per academic year. For Medical, Engineering and Business specialties, it is on average RM97, 000 to RM202, 000 per year.
The Chinese Government has provided scholarship schemes and grants to encourage more international students.
2. Global Exposure
China’s educational institutions are ranked in the QS World University Rankings 2019 with six of its universities in the top 100 globally and 60 of its top universities in the QS Mainland China Rankings. In many of the Chinese universities, students will have the opportunity to spend a semester in another partner institution in a different country. Graduates will have a steady exposure to global enterprises in China’s headquarters allowing a good career head start.
3. Career Prospects
The number of foreign immigration oversaw an increase in many industries. The scope of the job market is widening with competitive salaries at a relatively low cost of living. In of those with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, the employment rate stands at 93.9 percent in 2016 and outdoes other professional majors in income rate. New graduates can make an average of RM 3,314 per month which is more than 480 that of a finance graduate, reports published by MyCos, Company specializing in higher education data analytics.
4. International, Multi-Cultured Environments
In 2017, there are nearly 490,000 international students, nearly an increase of 10% from the previous year. The Chinese Government seeks to target 500,000 internal students by 2020.
Skills best for a Computer Science and Information Technology Student Major
1.Technical and Analytical Skills
As a Computer Science and Information Technology major, a large portion requires them to have an aptitude in coding processes which requires logical and mathematical abilities. Strong experience in computer programming languages can help the professional to come up with a solution to address certain problems.
It is essential in the professional services requiring computer science professionals to be able to communicate their ideas efficiently while on the job. Computer programs and machine run on specific instructions using jargon terms. They would need to have detailed, deep knowledge of the language and be able to translate this information with all levels of professional work.
Computer network professionals need to know how to take advantage of their network. That means, being able to build and to work within a team.
Professionals are often faced with competing priorities and limited human capabilities. They need to find a way to manage responsibilities amongst the team members.
What are the entry requirements and qualifications?
Applicants require them to send in their university applicants either; (i) you can apply directly through the university websites or (ii) China University Application Centre. By way of applying, certain documents are needed, which are:
(a) A passport photo
(b) Copy of Visa
(c) Copy of degree transcript
(d) English Language proficiency certificate; TOEFL and/or IELTS
(e) Financial Statement
How long does the course last?
A Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Information Technology is normally around four-years. However, for certain course discipline, the course of study is shorter in length.