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Southampton celebrates further achievements of Malaysia Campus graduates

Published: 
15 August 2017
Students in graduation robes
The first Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates from the Malaysia Campus

The University of Southampton has celebrated the achievements of the first Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates to complete their degrees via the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus.

Attending ceremonies in Southampton in July, the graduates were the first to begin the MEng programme in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) after spending their first two years of study at the University’s Malaysia Campus at the EduCity@Iskandar development in Johor, Malaysia before transferring to the UK.

A further group of MEng graduates – the second group to complete their studies in Mechanical Engineering via the Malaysia Campus – have also been honoured this year. 

Among the Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates were a group who benefited from prestigious Lloyd’s Register Foundation scholarships, awarded annually to top performing students from the Malaysia Campus.

“It feels great to graduate and I feel very honoured to be able to join this group in graduating,” said MEng EEE graduate Stephen Chai Ming Han who plans to return to Malaysia to start a new job with Intel. “Being the first group of EEE graduates from the Malaysia Campus is very special. We’ve been through a very different experience and quite a lot of change compared to other students, but this will definitely help to give us more experience to deal with things in the future.”

Fellow MEng EEE graduate Wen Yee Tey added, “I think it’s great because you get to experience two different study environments. In Malaysia, the [student community] is relatively small but here in Southampton, you get to know a lot more people from different countries.”

Professor Neil Stephen, Head of Academic Affairs at the Malaysia Campus, referenced his own educational experience in praising this year’s graduating class. “Going to university is meant to be transformative. I myself was the first member of my family to ever go to university. I’ve made a success of that experience and it’s lovely to see these students doing the same thing with their careers. This year, as with last year, all of the MEng graduates have got a first or a 2:1 which is really good.”

Aaron Leong, a 2017 MEng graduate in Mechanical Engineering, enthused about the positive aspects of his Malaysia-Southampton experience and recommends it to others wishing to follow in his footsteps.

“If you are the sort of person that likes something different, something that creates a very unique identity yes, I highly suggest it,” said Aaron. “If you want to get a cookie-cutter degree then no, but this programme has definitely shaped my outlook on life, my thinking and my maturity in a way that I think many others would not have and I have no regrets.”

Professor John McBride, CEO of the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus, concluded: "I feel very proud to see our first group of MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering students graduate and our second group of MEng Mechanical Engineering follow them just a few days later. It is a fantastic milestone occasion for our Malaysia Campus and a marvellous achievement for these graduates, most of whom now move on to excellent jobs in their respective fields in the UK, Malaysia and further afield."

Group of graduates and academics
Mechanical Engineering graduates from the Malaysia Campus

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