MDIS Partners with University of Plymouth, UK, to offer New Industry 4.0 Degree in Robotics Technology

Friday, Apr 10, 2020 12:09

MDIS’s students at a class. MDIS becomes the first private education institute to introduce Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Robotics Technology programme. — VNS Photo

The Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) has become the first private educational institution to introduce a bachelor of engineering (Hons) degree in robotics technology, which covers all the main components of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  

Students will be trained in advanced robotics, including mobile and humanoid automation, and the electronics and hardware that support industrial and service robotics.

MDIS has set up a new smart manufacturing system for students to get hands-on experience. It is fully automated with an integrated industrial grade robot arm by Omron.  

The bachelor of engineering (honours) in robotics technologies degree offered by the UK’s University of Plymouth is structured to move learners gradually from a taught-based approach in the first two years to a project-based approach in the final year to encourage and enable students to develop a self-motivated learning attitude and self-management skills such as working effectively under time and resource constraints.

With the Fourth Industrial Revolution, disruption is an inescapable and growing challenge for all industries. In a nutshell, the Fourth Industrial Revolution refers to how technologies like artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles and the internet of things are merging with humans’ physical lives. Think of voice-activated assistants, facial ID recognition or digital health-care sensors. Innovations in artificial intelligence applications such as data analytics, machine learning, chatbots, and facial recognition have not only been utilised for diagnosis but also for contact tracing and vaccine development.  

Such technologies have not only aided the control of the COVID-19 pandemic but also helped curb its worst effects.  

There are four main components of the industry which are cyber-physical systems, the internet of things, smart factory, and internet of services.  

Founded in 1956, MDIS is Singapore’s oldest not-for-profit professional institute for lifelong learning. — VNS

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