Florence Ong Woei Yng
What appealed to you most about Heriot-Watt University?
The Go Global Programme. There are only a handful of foreign branch campuses in Malaysia offering exchange and transfer programmes. Heriot-Watt University goes a step further, and teaches the same syllabus across all of its campuses, eliminating problems like incompatible courses/subjects, insufficient credit transfers, etc. which restricts exchange or transfers.
What tips would you give to a student thinking of studying at Heriot-Watt?
Take advantage opportunities offered by the university. Not only are you able to fulfil your dream of studying abroad, it also gives you the best of both worlds because you get to experience and compare the entire different lifestyles of studying both locally and internationally. Living the life as a student in two entirely different worlds teaches you to be independent and have self-discipline and perseverance. It will push you beyond your comfort zone and you'll be amazed by what you can actually achieve. The experience will be truly life-changing and eye-opening. Becoming a global student is by far the best decision I've made.
What did you enjoy the most about studying your degree?
Heavy workloads and complicated assignments are inevitable. That aside, I have been able to travel a lot, in Scotland, in UK and around Europe, which have been the most enjoyable time yet of my entire Go Global Programme. But hey, it does take the ups and downs to make your journey worthwhile! My friends and I have visited many of the Highlands and tourist attractions in Scotland and some of us even went on trips around the whole of Europe during the summer before heading back to Malaysia. I have made lifelong friendships here from all around the world. That alone is so precious and they make studying here in Edinburgh so much more fun and adventurous.
Do you feel your degree has prepared you well for a career?
Absolutely. The courses offered in my degree have a vast variety of teaching where it does not only focus on individual academic successes but it also emphasise on interactive learning such as students working together in a team for the completion of tasks. This method helps mould and shape individual towards the competitive corporate world.
Has your degree programme helped you develop links with industry?
Yes! I have had opportunities to attend many networking events organised by the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) at the UK campus where I met many potential employers of different industries. The EPS in the UK has also been actively inviting representatives from different companies to talk to us about what are the characteristics they are looking for in a potential employee and that how we are able to stand out amongst thousands if not hundreds of applicants. I believe a resume that includes one's international education experience will enhance employment opportunities and be highly sought-after.
How do you think your degree will impact on your career prospects?
I believe the process of learning never ends whether or not you are already working or still studying because in the competitive world, one has to keep learning and improving, otherwise one will be get left behind. Yet of course, the foundation and basic knowledge of a career should be well-grounded and I certainly believe that my degree has certainly done that.