Over the years, more than 3000 Singaporeans have studied Engineering in Australia. While many embark the 4 years Honours Engineering degree, most of them are from the polytechnics topping up their diplomas to degrees.
Why so? Well, most Australian engineering schools provide a strong academic environment for Singaporean students to succeed with credits granted from their diplomas. As for Engineering, practical knowledge and work experience play a role of its teaching. Australian universities and colleges offer excellent practical experience and caring pastoral support.
Australia has one of world high quality standard of living, healthcare benefits and financial aids through merit scholarships. It boasts prestigious research engineering which sets a world benchmark for the standard of education. In recent years, Australia has been in the limelight with many international inventions and research excellences.
All these have made Australia to remain top of mind engineering education system in the world. Read further to know more about what are the key advantages available to the Singapore students to consider Australian Engineering opportunities.
1. Singapore as Smart Nation
Engineering will play a major role in Singapore’s growth and transformation as it enters the next phase of development. More young people are encouraged to consider pursuing a career as an engineer or scientist. At Smart Nation Summit, Singapore Prime Minister highlighted 3 ingredients Singapore needs to use technology to improve the quality of life for its citizens. They are:
- Strong engineering capabilities,
- more leaders and managers who understand enough about technology and
- a society that embraces science and technology and not fear it
2. Wide range of Engineering Specialisations
Australia has a wide range of Engineering specialisations for students to choose. Here are some of the majors options:
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Electronic Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Computer Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Environmental Engineering
- Agricultural Engineering
- Mineral and Mining Engineering
- Marine Engineering
- Telecommunications and the list goes on.
Australian universities also allow students to combine Engineering degrees with other subjects’ areas such as Business, IT and law etc. These interdisciplinary teaching does ensure students prepare well for the wicked world and armed with interdisciplinary skill sets to allow them to work well in any competitive fields.
3. High employment opportunities in (Singapore and) Australia
Aspiring Engineering students can explore and experience what Engineering career in Australia has got to offer. There is a peak demand for Engineering graduates, especially for international students, as Australia has been experiencing an omnipresent shortage of engineers. This guarantees and secures more job opportunities for international students, who will not have to worry about job instability or unemployment.
Source: Engineers Australia
From the above graph, it could be clearly inferred that Engineering vacancies are larger than most others in Australia and this trend has been occurring since 2006. In fact, Engineering vacancies constitute just about 2.4% of all vacancies in Australia. These constantly unfulfilled requirements for Engineering professionals in Australia will certainly benefit international students.
4. International Recognition & Accreditation
Recent QS World University Raking projects the rankings for the best universities from all across the globe, including 502 Engineering and technology universities. And out of them, 20 of which can be found in Australia alone. This is because the Australian Education system demonstrated equal focus on both practical and theoretical knowledge. It has created a space for all able-minded students to develop and create the future of tomorrow’s world through technological advancements in Engineering.