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by yee xiang yun
Brand new: University of Southampton Malaysia Campus has attracted 277 local students in its university.
NUSAJAYA: Since opening its doors in October 2012, University of Southampton, one of the top engineering universities from the United Kingdom, has attracted 277 local students.
The University of Southampton Malaysia Campus (USMC) is the university’s first outside of Britain, providing its renowned course - Mechanical Engineering degree.
The university’s alumni record-breaking F1 engineer Adrian Newey, who is now chief technical officer for Infiniti Red Bull Racing team, officially launched the campus.
Newey, who graduated with a First Class honours degree in Aeronautics from the university in 1980, said his experience studying there was an enriching one, which influenced his career 30 years on.
“The course gave me a great basis for establishing a good understanding of physical laws and how they can be applied, which is vital and has stood me in good stead throughout my career.
“I remember I was ready to give up the course when I was in my first year because I found it too tough but luckily my lecturer persuaded me to persevere because the results were worthwhile,” he said.
Over the course of his career, Newey’s cars have won over 100 F1 Grand Prix taking nine Constructors’ Championships, which is the most any engineers in the history of sports has ever achieved.
Meanwhile, USMC vice-chancellor Prof Don Nutbeam said the university targeted at least 20 percent of students from South-East Asia and is also expecting 2,000 students in the next five years.
“This is a demonstration of the importance of Malaysia to them that it was their first international campus.
He said according to the Institute of Engineers Malaysia, the country is experiencing a shortage of experienced engineers in certain areas especially in fields such as tunnelling and deep fountain.
“We ensure that the campus will help to support Malaysia, especially Iskandar Malaysia’s ambition to be an international education hub and produce quality engineering graduates in years to come,” he added.
The campus currently has 277 Malaysian students and is considering introducing new courses like Computer Science and Software Engineering, Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as Ship Science and Actuarial Science.
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