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Successful delegation raises awareness of University courses in Malaysia

Published: 
2 April 2014
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A delegation from Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) has just returned from a successful trip to Penang to raise awareness among the electronics industry of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) programme at the University of Southampton’s Malaysia Campus (USMC).

The University welcomed its first students onto the new MEng EEE degree last year and the team, led by Associate Dean Enterprise and Internationalisation Professor Peter Smith, wanted to engage with industry in Malaysia to explore the opportunities for their students and graduates.

The trip included meetings with a range of different companies from large, high-profile corporations including Motorola Solutions Inc., Intel and Finisar, as well as a number of small and medium enterprises.

“This was a very valuable trip as the Penang area is a significant player in the global electronics industry,” said Peter. “The companies we met with were highly receptive to the distinctive nature of the EEE programme we offer at USMC. They also recognised the highly employable nature of our graduates and were keen to work with us to establish opportunities for collaboration, internships and future job recruits. They were particularly interested in the emphasis we place on embedded systems and our teaching of integrated circuit design

“The opportunities for our graduates in Malaysia are significant and we wanted to ensure that we are developing the links required to make sure our students are well prepared to maximise these opportunities. It was also great to see many of our University of Southampton alumni already working in these companies,” he added.

Clement Packham, Senior Engineering Manager at Motorola commented: “Southampton University provides a refreshing change in the university scene by paying extra attention to student quality at intake. It is obvious that students there benefit from close supervision and enhanced coaching from their lecturers.”

USMC is based at EduCity@Iskandar, in South Johor, and offers University of Southampton courses taught by leading academics in Malaysia.

The four year 2+2 MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering will see the students spend the first two years studying in Malaysia before transferring to Southampton, UK, for the final two years. The programme has been approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and combines ECS academics’ long experience in teaching excellent electrical engineering and electronic engineering programmes.

The EEE programme at USMC is identical to that offered at the Southampton campus, including the duplication of the outstanding ECS undergraduate laboratory facilities in Malaysia. As well as core EEE staff based at USMC, many academic staff from Southampton visit USMC to teach on the course.

To find out more about the EEE MEng degree visit www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/undergraduate/find_a_course or email malaysia@southampton.ac.uk

To find out more about our Malaysia Campus visit www.southampton.ac.uk/my

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