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Learn To Be A World Class Engineer At USMC

Last update: 13/03/2012
By Ali Imran Mohd Noordin

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 (Bernama) -- For the past 150 years, the University of Southampton has been producing exceptional engineers in various fields.

Even today, the university's graduates are the preferred choice for multi national corporations such as Airbus and Rolls-Royce in aerospace, McLaren Racing and Renault F1 team in automotive, as well as Schlumberger and BP in petroleum.

In earlier years, the chance to study at a renowned university like this hardly favoured Malaysians due to the distance, high tuition fees and cost of living in Britain.

But not anymore. The University of Southampton Malaysia Campus (USMC) is set to open in Iskandar Malaysia with the first intake planned for some time in the middle of the year.


University of Southampton's Vice Chancellor Prof. Don Nutbeam noted that the university's campus here is part of Iskandar Malaysia's EduCity project.

"We are offering world-class education using our globally renowned reputation in engineering and research, while at the same time helping Malaysia to meet its demand for exceptional engineering graduates," he added.

EduCity is a state-of-the-art development project that includes international universities, colleges and schools with modern amenities. University of Southampton's presence here could well serve as a platform to address the shortage of engineers in Malaysia and nurture the next generation of industry leaders.


For a start, USMC offers BEng (Bachelor) and MEng (Masters) in Mechanical Engineering. The course takes three years to be awarded a bachelor's degree and four years for a master's degree, as students learn the skills required to work in the technology sector with a wide range of competencies.

"Our mechanical engineering courses are consistently rated very highly in university league tables and currently ranked number one in the United Kingdom by the Guardian University Guide 2012, as they have been for the past two years," said USMC CEO Professor John McBride.

BEng requires three years to be completed. However, by studying one additional year, students may obtain their MEng while they choose to follow an interdisciplinary programme or to specialise in a specific field.

Fields offered for specialisation are those in high demand from industries covering aerospace, automotive, advanced materials, bio-engineering, engineering management, mechatronics, sustainable energy systems, and the newly introduced transportation system and acoustics.

"The fact that students will be able to study in Malaysia for the two years of the programme, and continue at Southampton's UK campus for the last two years, offers them a truly international experience and an affordable top notch degree," added McBride.


Back at the Southampton campus in Britain there are over 22,700 students, including 17,000 undergraduates, while the remaining 5,700 are postgraduates. International students make up a significant number of this population, with more than 5,000 foreign students, including some from Malaysia.

Malaysian student Ellis Wong, who is currently studying BEng Civil Engineering, said that apart from the university's prestige, the quality of teaching and a dynamic student life makes the institution a great place to learn.

"As a city, Southampton interests me a lot because it is close to the sea, moderate-sized, has a high student population and is close to London," added Wong, who is also the university's International Student Officer.

Meanwhile, for undergraduate mathematics student Nur Amalina Zulkiflee, she says she greatly enjoys the extra-curricular activities offered by the university and those participating students from many backgrounds.

"The best thing about the university is that you can get involved in activities organised by clubs and societies and you can mix with local and foreign students," she explained.

Also, BSc Economics and Acturial Science undergraduate, Bashirah Khairil Anwar, said she enjoys the warmth of the people at the university, making her life easier while living abroad.

"Whenever you need a helping hand, you can easily get it," she said.


Application for USMC's inaugural semester (Semester 1/2012-2013) is open for students from Non-European Union (EU) countries until 30 June this year. Application can be made through Universities and Colleges Admission Services ( or directly to USMC.

Candidates must possess an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or a Cambridge International Examination English O level with grade C or above, or any equivalent qualification.

USMC also offers English for Academic Purposes (EAP) to improve English proficiency for international students taking up engineering.

Attaining a degree at USMC is also unique as it only costs 60 per cent of the cost of earning the same degree in UK.

Direct applications can be completed online at and ten working days are required to confirm acceptance to the university.

For further details about entry requirements or fees, go to, email at or on Facebook at .