Although the UK is not home to the most sought after engineering degrees in the world, there are universities that can provide high-quality courses in that field. The undisputed king of the sciences of London, Imperial College London, and a highly reputable all-rounder, Queen Mary University London, beg to differ with the global opinion of the UK’s engineering scene.
Video taken from Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fv_Nwt-Qljo&ab_channel=DepartmentofChemicalEngineering%2CImperialCollegeLondon
Imperial College London
Imperial College London is known worldwide for its excellent academic reputation and its engineering courses are an integral part of it. This account of Imperial College London is provided by Juan Juoro (http://linkedin.com/in/juan-ahmar-juoro-036403198), a second year Chemical Engineering student of the institution.
Imperial’s main strength is its academic superiority. Imperial’s academic superiority is evident in its combining of world-class lecturers with a practical-pedagogy to mold the engineers of tomorrow. For example, Imperial chemical engineers are pioneers in terms of carbon capture pilot plants. One notable individual is Colin Hale, the manager of the Imperial carbon capture pilot plant, and one of the leading experts on this matter. He uses his advanced knowledge of this scientific marvel to teach his students how to analyse the system and parts to be able to understand its application. Colin Hale is one example which showcases Imperial’s advantage in giving students unique and high-quality lessons which also train their practical prowess.
Preparation for Work
Imperial also prepares its students for the professional world extremely well. Imperial is able to give students many outside of classroom opportunities due to it being exposed to various industries. For example, Juan notes that Shell’s involvement in sponsoring Imperial is reciprocated by Shell recruiting many chemical engineering graduates from the institution. This shows that Imperial is able to almost guarantee a high-quality job even before a student is close to graduating. In addition, Imperial offers students a chance to explore a wide variety of industries. This is shown in Imperial hosting seminars from different companies every month where recruitment of fresh graduates or interns are a possibility. This is evidence of students having access to valuable experience while still in uni and a secure future. It also shows that Imperial promotes a multi-disciplinary as this varied exposure they give to students gives them a chance to explore and/or combine different industries.
Imperial’s intensity level is very unique as Juan notes that educational mutualism amongst students is prevalent within the uni. Firstly, Imperial is able to build this symbiotic environment due to its emphasis on group projects. This is useful in promoting constructive competition within its culture and as a result students do not hesitate to complement each other in terms of subjects strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, Juan shares that Imperial demands a rather intense self-study culture. His personal method of study time calculation is that 1 hour of lectures should be supplemented with 3 hours of self-study. This formula is used by Juan to factor in 3-4 hours of lectures a day with an additional hour of personal tutoring. For that reason, most of Juan’s time is spent in the library and he firmly believes that self-studying is the key to success at Imperial.
Overall, Imperial is the best choice for engineering in London and arguably the world. Although it is extremely difficult to be admitted, when a person becomes a student of Imperial they can expect a harmony of high-quality education, bottomless opportunities and exposure to the wider professional world and supportive community of students and teaching staff.
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