Computer Engineering VS Computer Science

Demand for qualified computer engineers in Malaysia is increasing. To succeed, you need to choose a university that has the experience, facilities and course programmes to equip you with the skills that will help you stand out.

Since 2013, the technology sector in Malaysia has seen salary hikes. This trend is expected to continue over the next couple of years – in fact, the technology sector will likely see the highest jump in salary in 2017! 

Due to this increase, professionals with strong technology background will be highly sought after. Plus, organisations in Malaysia are shifting towards the digital world and this calls for an investment – both hardware and human capital – in upgrading their IT infrastructure. 

What does this all mean to a graduate? Pick the right course so that you’re on the best path for a bright future! 

One that’s constantly on the hiring agenda is computer engineering. But wait, do you know the difference between computer engineering and computer science? 

There is a good bit of overlap between the two where they ultimately are about enabling computers to use data properly to accomplish something. Here’s the difference: 

Computer science students learn how to build computer systems and how to solve problems on computers and other electronic technology using data storage and processive. They learn different computer languages that are then used to create computer graphics, developing and analysing algorithms and complex networks, operating systems, and building and storing databases.

Computer engineering students are a mix between computer science and electrical engineering. They focus on the development, prototyping and design of software and hardware, and integrating the two. It is all about the physics and manufacturing of physical devices and integrated circuits. 

In other words – computer science is all about the theory of technology, while computer engineering is all about the practical and application to real life. Makes sense?

So why are computer engineers so in demand now, especially for a country like Malaysia striving for developed nation status?

For starters, the demand for computer engineer experts has been on the increase over the past decade – economic slowdown or not. Financial services, fast-moving consumer goods, retailers mobile and e-commerce-related companies are all expanding their business on the digital front, which means there will be an increase in the number of employers recruiting computer engineers in various roles. 

Enter the young computer engineer graduate – with all the right skills, you can be sure that there won’t be a shortage of opportunities when you go out there in the working world. 

How do you make sure you get a good education that supplies you with all that you need to know? Naturally, the course you choose should have a job demand. In the case of computer engineering, check. 

Research the universities that offer the course, either on the internet, through brochures, someone who is already studying there or even atten open days and events to find out more. 

Essentially, the study programme should create knowledge and skills required for sought-after computer engineering jobs to significantly increase your chances of employment. Like programming techniques, digital systems, digital signal processing, digital electronics, operating systems, embedded processor systems to name a few. 

Check the extras too – like internships with valuable hands-on experience, great facilities to provide an excellent environment for study, activities and events that take you further into the digital world like workshops, seminars and career talks.

UNIMY’s Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Computer Engineering is one course that is geared towards making you well equipped for your future role in developing new technology people use daily. You’ll not only acquire in-depth knowledge of diverse subject areas but also get the opportunity to network with relevant industry pros, attend workshops and seminars to enhance your knowledge and the possibility of internships at renowned companies to help hone your skills. 

Ready for a computer engineering future? Check out to learn more about what’s in stored for you.