En­gi­neer­ing ex­cel­lence at SEGI

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EN­GI­NEERS are key to the de­vel­op­ment of a na­tion, and more so civil en­gi­neers as they need to utilise ex­ist­ing re­sources wisely for a sus­tain­able fu­ture, says Pro­fes­sor David Black­wood of Aber­tay Univer­sity in United King­dom.

Black­wood, who is the head of the di­vi­sion of nat­u­ral and built en­vi­ron­ment in the School of Science, En­gi­neer­ing and Tech­nol­ogy, and Chair of Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment from Aber­tay, ex­plained it was not only im­por­tant for en­gi­neers to ap­ply tech­ni­cal knowl­edge in their pro­fes­sion, but it was also equally cru­cial to un­der­stand the en­vi­ron­ment and so­cial as­pects of a project.

“Apart from cal­cu­la­tion and anal­y­sis, stu­dents need to be able to master com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and un­der­stand the science be­hind en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues such as cli­mate change,” he said af­ter the soft launch for the in­au­gu­ral in­take of the Bach­e­lor of En­gi­neer­ing (Hons) in Civil En­gi­neer­ing in Septem­ber, which is a Double De­gree pro­gramme be­tween Aber­tay Univer­sity and SEGi Univer­sity.

Pri­or­ity is placed on grad­u­ates’ em­ploy­a­bil­ity and work place­ments. Black­wood said work place­ments were built into the aca­demic set­tings of the civil en­gi­neer­ing un­der­grad­u­ate course.

The Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing and The Built En­vi­ron­ment (FoEBE) at SEGi aims to pro­duce civil en­gi­neer­ing grad­u­ates that are highly em­ploy­able in the global con­struc­tion in­dus­try or other re­lated fields of the built en­vi­ron­ment.

FoEBE dean Pro­fes­sor Dr Jef­frey Chi­ang said grad­u­ates who were in­ter­ested in life­long learn­ing could also pur­sue post-grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tions while lo­cals with ad­e­quate work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence could ap­ply for en­gi­neer sta­tus from the Board of En­gi­neers Malaysia.

The fac­ulty of­fers an im­pres­sive range of en­gi­neer­ing dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing au­to­mo­tive en­gi­neer­ing, chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, elec­tronic & elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing, me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, as well as quan­tity sur­vey­ing, from Foun­da­tion and Diploma through to Bach­e­lor’s, Master’s de­grees and PhD.

SEGi Univer­sity in its flag­ship cam­pus, Kota Da­mansara has also re­cently launched a home­grown de­gree pro­gramme in ar­chi­tec­ture. Stu­dents in this dis­ci­pline will gain valu­able work ex­pe­ri­ence in lo­cal or in­ter­na­tional firms as the univer­sity guar­an­tees a place­ment for stu­dents to un­dergo six months in­dus­trial train­ing.

The Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing and The Built En­vi­ron­ment (FoEBE) at SEGi aims to pro­duce civil en­gi­neer­ing grad­u­ates that are highly em­ploy­able in the global con­struc­tion in­dus­try or other re­lated fields of the built en­vi­ron­ment.

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