Growth in civil en­gi­neer­ing

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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.

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