University of Southampton is No. 1 in Engineering among 120 UK universities

KUALA LUMPUR, 01 June 2012 – The University of Southampton, a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research has topped the table in two key Engineering disciplines in the 2013’s Guardian University Guide.

For the third year running, Southampton is rated by the Guide as number one in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering whilst the University heads the list for Mechanical Engineering for the fourth successive time. Overall, Southampton rose six places to 22nd in a list of 120 UK universities in the Guide.

“This excellent result for our programmes in Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering reinforces the University of Southampton’s long-standing reputation for its quality, said Professor Mark Spearing, Pro Vice-Chancellor International.

“These programmes also enjoy a very strong track record of attracting international undergraduates which reflects the globalisation of engineering as a profession as well as the attractiveness of graduates from Southampton amongst some of the world’s leading employers,” he added.
News of the Guardian University Guide came just weeks after Southampton became one of only four universities in the UK to achieve top ten places in each of the five Engineering subject areas in the independent, annual, undergraduate ranking, The Complete University Guide for 2013.

Professor William Powrie, Dean of Southampton’s Faculty of Engineering and the Environment said, “Our programmes instill in our students a thorough understanding of fundamental engineering principles and the confidence to apply them to practical, real-world problems.”

“We aim to provide an education for life, and a preparation for a life of learning. This makes our graduates highly sought after by top employers, and the contribution to society made by our alumni is immense,” Professor Dame Wendy Hall, Dean of the University’s Faculty for Physical and Applied Sciences enthused.

In the Complete Guide, Southampton came second only to Cambridge for Electrical and Electronic Engineering; is rated fifth in the country for both Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering; achieved eighth place for Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering and came tenth for General Engineering. The University placed fifteenth for the guide’s overall ranking of UK universities.

For the first time ever, Southampton’s renowned degree in Mechanical Engineering will be available outside of the UK. The first two years of the programme will be delivered at the University’s new Malaysia Campus in EduCity@Iskandar, South Johor with the following two years based in Southampton, starting courses in October 2012. Successful graduates will be awarded with a BENg/MEng in Mechanical Engineering.

The University also recently introduced two major scholarships, the James Dyson Foundation and the Lloyd’s Register Education Trust for highly talented Malaysian students accepted to study for a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  For more information on these scholarships, kindly visit:

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