Growth in civil engineering
The civil engineering discipline in Monash Malaysia not only prepares its students academically, it also provides them with soft skills training to ensure that they are ready for the job market.
to the companies here during their internships. As they see the projects that these companies are involved in, there is a higher likelihood of them joining these companies,” he explains.
When asked what are the traits of good civil engineers, Prof Khu shares they are the ones who are not afraid to get their hands dirty.
“Successful civil engineers are always curious about the built environment they live in. They are interested in buildings, roads, bridges and tunnels.
“They must also be serious about wanting to make a difference to generate a better environment,” says Prof Khu.
He adds that in the civil it also provides them with soft skills training to ensure that they are ready for the job market. For example, students are often assigned into groups by the academics.
“Students are taught group work through a simulated work environment, where they are tasked to work with people they may not be close to or fond of,” says Prof Khu.
Another element students have to learn is the financial aspect of managing a project.
“We need them to understand finance, or at least the balance sheet, as they need to be on site ordering materials for construction.
“If they do not understand the financial aspect, they might order too many or too few materials, thus affecting the progress of the construction,” he says.
In the final year, students also need to study contract law to understand the legal aspect of construction works.
Prof Khu adds, “I hope that with the different skill sets, our graduates will be versatile enough to deal with various situations when they enter the workplace.
“At Monash Malaysia, students undergo the same curriculum and train the exact way as their counterparts in Monash University Australia.”
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The versatility of the civil engineering training offered by Monash Malaysia ensures employability of its students upon graduation.