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Shaping Future Engineers

Published: 29 August 2018
Prof. Gan
Gan at the University of Southampton Malaysia booth during Star Education Fair 2018 at Kuala Lumpur

MANY who know little of engineering perceive the field as mundane and rigorous. In reality, the role of engineers is much more than just crunching numbers in front of a computer monitor.

“The demand to make things better, durable, stronger or faster is always there, and that is where engineers come in as problem-solvers.

“From something as simple as a chair and a pen right up to a car, a smartphone and an airplane, every man-made object needs engineers to develop or enhance,” said University of Southampton Malaysia (UoSM) Assistant Professor Dr Gan Khong Wui when met at the recent Star Education Fair held at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

“These professionals too play a huge role in tackling global challenges such as food security and climate change.

“The common goal of all engineers across different industries is to come out with the best solution for a problem or to enhance a current situation.”

However, being an engineer is not just about being book-smart and possessing technical skills, he said.

“When it comes to workplaces, regardless of any industry, soft skills are equally important.

“Aside from proficient technical capability, employers look for candidates who can work well with other people, perform well and achieve company’s goals.

“These attributes include communication skills, teamwork, creativity, time management, leadership and critical thinking, among others,” he said.

As an example, he pointed out that communication skill is needed to work in a team productively as well as convey ideas to clients and stakeholders.

Offering premium engineering programmes at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate levels, UoSM aims to produce well-rounded graduates with academic excellence, coupled with skills to deal with challenges in their future career paths.

“To expose students to real-world working experience, students are encouraged to start internship programmes as early as their first year during the summer break.

“The internship attachment could be internally, externally or even out of the country,” said UoSM marketing and recruitment officer Illi Saddique.

She added that records showed that the university’s graduates were hired within three months after completing their courses.

Students at the Malaysia campus are offered the same course content as students in the United Kingdom, including the same laboratory experiments and practical tutorials.

“The university also has a ‘flying faculty’, where lecturers in the UK are attached to our Malaysia campus for about a month to facilitate knowledge sharing with the students.

“Participating lecturers will teach based on standardised modules as in the UK, thus maintaining the university’s quality of education,” said Illi, adding that student entry requirements were the same as the campus in the UK.

Source: The Star Online

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