Want to have an "expert view" on Electronic and Computer Engineering? Read on... Dr Richard Guest who teaches BEng and MEng programmes in Electronic and Communications Engineering, and Computer Systems Engineering at University of Kent, UK, discusses below the popularity of the subject among students, career options and funding opportunities.
Q. What are the main objectives of this course?
A. Electronics-based products play a vital role in our daily lives from mobile phones, personal computers, digital televisions and radio to the internet with its complex network of satellites and state-of-the-art fibre optic communications. Computer technology, telecommunications and consumer electronics are rapidly evolving, so expertise in these fields is in great demand. Our programme in Electronic and Communications Engineering provides you with a broad grounding in this vital field. This programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
Q. Is this a popular course amongst Indian students? How many Indian students do you have on this course?
A.We currently have approximately 30 Indian students studying at either Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.
Q. What qualities do you think students need in order to succeed on this course?
A. An inquisitive mind, an interest in applying science and mathematics to solve real world problems, an ability and desire to develop novel and exciting technologies to enhance peoples’ lives.
Q. What advice would you give to Indian students who are applying to enroll?
A. Ensure that you have strong Standard XII results in Mathematics and Physics (alongside a good performance in other subjects). Demonstrate that you have an interest in electronics and computing through extra-curricular activities. Ensure you obtain good advice on studying in the UK/visa issues.
Q. What career options are open to Indian graduates from this course?
A. There is a global demand for competent qualified engineers.
Q. How does the course prepare students for the professional world and/or further study?
A. Alongside providing our students with numerous transferable skills, studying an accredited course enables a fast-track to you obtaining Chartered status furthering you professional career. We also offer a Year in Industry option as part of our courses. Very often these companies are able to offer an employment opportunity upon graduation.
Q. Are there any funding opportunities available for Indian students who are applying to enroll?
A. We offer a number of Lanigan Scholarships each year to overseas fee-paying applicants starting an undergraduate course run by the School. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit upon entering their course at Kent. The Scholarship will be an award of £1,000 towards the cost of tuition fees payable mid-December of the year of entry. Further awards will be made on successful progression.
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