Engineering graduates are leading the way in sustainable development across Asia
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Engineering graduates are leading the way in sustainable development across Asia

AS exciting green and intelligent construction projects and developments are popping up across Asia and beyond, now is the time to consider a career in engineering. Chinese financed ports, oil pipelines and dams are being built across the world from Rio de Janeiro to Samoa, as increased global infrastructure development has seen the demand for highly skilled engineering graduates grow. Environment-friendly design is a key requisite in Thailand and other countries, as businesses look for ergonomic and modern designs, which won’t cause lasting damage to their carbon footprint. From bicycle parks to water-recycling systems, multinationals are looking for engineers who can produce sleek, state-of-the-art designs, promoting energy-saving and green thinking.

With China having unveiled a plan to construct the “One Belt, One Road”—a land-and-sea version of the once East-West Silk Road trading route, Quartz reports, it’s an exciting time to choose to study a degree in engineering. Not to mention the Asian giant revealing plans for a 840 kilometer high-speed railroad, linking China to Laos and Thailand at a cost of around $7 billion.

Population growth and the boom in mega cities across Asia means that increasingly large-scale engineering projects are now highly in demand, to meet with the strain placed on prior road and rail networks. As China aims to turn the country into a “science powerhouse” by 2020, the country is looking towards increasing engineering and technological development. Scientific advances contributed 51.7 percent to China’s economic growth in 2011, as the country looks to upgrade its industrial base, reduce air pollution and address growing inequality, Journalist’s Resource reports. The need for forward-thinking engineers and graduates from world-class engineering schools and institutions is increasing.

As industry booms across Asia, infrastructure and transport links need to be both effective and sustainable. Increased global awareness in relation to the importance of ethical construction and development means that employers are increasingly on the hunt for students and graduates who can meet with differing requirements and cater to greener contractors. Gone are the days of engineers designing purely functional projects; sustainability, innovation and modernization are now top of construction requirements, as engineering too has changed with the times.

Students choosing a career in engineering can expect a competitive pay packet while developing a portfolio with a prestigious firm. As increasing numbers of multinational companies seek talented engineering graduates, the opportunities for travel are endless, taking students from Shanghai to São Paulo and beyond.

Engineering graduates also have a lot better chance of gaining employment right out of university. While the unemployment rate for bachelor’s degree students was 3.9 percent in December 2012, the rate for engineers was only 2 percent, said Mark Regets, a senior analyst at the National Science Foundation, told U.S. news.

Studying overseas as an Asian international student can place you at a distinct advantage compared to your peers. Increasing numbers of institutions offer study-related field trips and high-spec facilities, producing industry-ready, competent graduates. Students can even start building relationships with engineering firms during their time at university, with work placements and summer internships now an almost standard part of undergraduate engineering courses.

As so many excellent institutions are now offering dynamic engineering courses, making the right decision can be an, at times, daunting decision. But increasing numbers of global schools are opening their doors to international students, offering quality courses alongside a vibrant community lifestyle.

Read on to find out more about world-class engineering institutions that inspire and challenge engineering students:

UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST – AUSTRALIA
USC’s modern campus at Sippy Downs is the only full-service campus on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. It features the latest in teaching and learning spaces, an art gallery, an award-winning library, cafes and sport facilities. The School of Science and Engineering at USC offers a range of undergraduate programs in generic science, environmental science, and mechanical and civil engineering. Several members of the School’s staff have obtained the prestigious national Learning and Teaching Citations from the Office of Learning and Teaching. This high quality of teaching will continue as the school expands into blended learning modalities. This fundamental undergraduate knowledge forms the building blocks for USC’s growing research programs. Read the full profile…

FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY – UNITED STATES
An independent technological university with a focus on success, Florida Institute of Technology prepares its students to enter the workforce through quality programs, effective teaching methods and a vibrant, socially diverse campus life. The university’s College of Engineering aims to educate scientists and engineers to go on to be global leaders, promoting research and excellence in a student-centered environment. Florida promotes intellectual curiosity, recruiting a highly skilled and talented student body. Students can benefit from the numerous societies and organizations, fraternities and sororities, or even take part in the university’s champion athletics tradition.

UNIVERSITY OF CANTERBURY – NEW ZEALAND
The University of Canterbury offers students a world class learning environment alongside a vibrant campus and dynamic student lifestyle.  Students at UC join courses led by talented academics, actively engaged in current research. The university has an active learning culture, enabling students to follow courses in subjects they are passionate about. Set in the heart of Canterbury, the UC campus offers modern facilities. UC was the first New Zealand university to receive a 5 Stars rating in 2011 from the international ranking agency QS. The university’s innovative programs attract students from around the world, forming part of a lively, active community.

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO – CANADA
The University of Toronto is committed to providing students with academic programs of excellent quality. Founded in 1827, the university is Canada’s most important research institution, gaining international accolades for its research. The university enrols more students, and offers a greater range of courses than any other Canadian university. Toronto students can benefit from using the largest library in Canada and enjoy studying on one of the university’s three campuses. With over 1,000 extracurricular activities on offer, Toronto students can benefit from a varied and exciting student lifestyle. From sports teams to cultural events, street fairs and festivals, Toronto caters to all tastes.

SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY – SOUTH KOREA
Seoul National University cultivates a lifelong love of learning alongside the personal growth of its students, while preparing them for the increasingly competitive jobs market. Seoul National University aims to create a vibrant intellectual community where students and scholars work together to construct the future. As Korea’s leading research university, Seoul is committed to diversifying its student body and faculty, global exchange, and supporting path-breaking research across all fields of knowledge. Seoul students will form part of a diverse student community, with 84 departments on offer for undergraduates alone. Seoul graduates are prepared, competent individuals, ready for the challenges life may throw at them.

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