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Department of Computer and Information Sciences (DCIS), Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) and Parent-Teacher Association, SK Sultan Yussuf Batu Gajah recently organised the ‘IT and Societies’ event on 1 March 2014 at Undercroft, UTP.  

Officiated by Dr. Shuib Basri, Deputy Head of DCIS, UTP, the objective of the event was to educate the community, especially parents and children, on the challenges of living in today’s society, with the growing accessibility of the Internet.  For this purpose, renowned motivational speakers in parenting, Encik Ahmad Fakhri Hamzah and his wife, Puan Jamilah Samian were invited to share their tips on bringing up children in the globalisation era.  

Both husband and wife are certified professional trainers at Malaysian Institute of Management (MIM) and have been delivering talks in many organisations, agencies, institutions, colleges and schools in Malaysia and abroad.  They are the authors of Cool Mum Super Dad, a guide for today’s parents in overcoming parenting challenges in today’s society.

The half-day event was divided into two sessions. The first session was a motivational session for 120 school children while the second one was dedicated to the parents.  Issues on globalisation among children, methods and techniques on how to prepare children to succeed, to become happy and informed global citizens were discussed.   Children were advised to respect their parents, make their parents feel comfortable and put their parents’ needs above everything else.

A team of students from the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) programme also assisted the event by demonstrating their robotic project, the LEGO Mindstorm Robotic, to the participants.  The project was part of UTP’s mission to involve its students in CSR activities as the university believes that such activities will help in producing well-rounded students and assist students in achieving a balanced university life.

UTP in general and Department of Computer and Information Sciences (DCIS) in particular, is aware of its social responsibility in improving the quality of life of the people of its surrounding community.   DCIS believes high impact Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities are achievable through a long term investment in education.    Event such as IT and Societies will assist in promoting education and knowledge to all, irrespective of race, creed or political belief.   In addition, it will also help in enhancing the leadership and communication skills among UTP students.

or the year 2014, DCIS has planned a series of CSR activities involving primary and secondary school children around Perak.  The activities include Little Programmers Camp for primary schools and Mobile Apps Challenge for secondary schools,  where students will be exposed to interesting IT related modules and tutored by a team of experienced DCIS students. 

DCIS will also organise the second Young Programmers Camp (YPC), a problem-based programming competition for secondary schools.   Participants are required to solve a set of problems in specified time frame using a common programming language learnt at schools. ​