The Engineering Institute of Technology was delighted to welcome representatives from the Universiti Putra Malaysia, on the 29th October 2018.
The delegation was made up of a wonderfully enthusiastic group of ten students, the university’s principal, Dr B.T. Hang Tuah Baharudin, and the students’ chaperone.
For an education provider dedicated to engineering we are conscious of the need to lure females to this largely male-dominated industry. It was very exciting, therefore, to meet these ten visiting students, all of whom were women!
Over a morning tea the students were welcomed to EIT by the Compliance and Accreditation Manager, Ms Caroline Patterson. She gave them an overview of the college and proudly encouraged them to visit Perth’s beautiful sites while here.
The visitors then gave short presentations. Each student outlined her study focus and career dreams, post-graduation, in engineering.
Thereafter Mr Paul Celenza, the College Manager, provided the students with an insight into EIT’s unique approach to engineering education. He explained how engineering experts from around the world reach and teach EIT students in 146 countries, using a live online approach.
The visitors were fascinated when Paul recalled the story of an EIT student (and scientist), who was able to continue his studies while working in Antarctica!
Mr James Theodosiadis (Engineer, Lecturer, Laboratory Coordinator) gave the visitors a taste of the remote labs (connected to real equipment), the virtual labs and the simulations that EIT students access for their practical applications. The visiting students enjoyed that they shared, with James, the same engineering vernacular.
Dr Milind Siddpura, Learning Support Officer and Lecturer, then welcomed the students onto the EIT campus. He outlined the blended form of learning used for our on-campus students.
At the end of the day the Malaysian students were put to work! Mr Victor Onoja, a Master student at EIT and Academic Assistant, had them participate in a maths evaluation quiz. They were excited by the opportunity and their confidence (as they illustrated their solutions on the board) was well-founded; they all did exceptionally well.
Our visitors were extremely appreciative of EIT’s hospitality and demonstrated this with a range of lovely gifts.
All of us here at the Engineering Institute of Technology wish our Malaysian visiting students everything of the best in their studies. We know that they will indeed make impressive engineers in time, ably contributing to their Malaysian communities.