Soo Yong Seng sees the beauty of every single detail a building has to offer. He often wondered how buildings worked and how he could help build a better world for all people. That’s when he discovered civil engineering.
“I read a lot about buildings and structures all around the world, and I found out that civil engineers play a major role in it.
“I read that they usually deal with planning, design and construction of structures, and it requires a lot of technical knowledge, management and mathematical skills to get the job done,” said Soo Yong Seng.
Leaving his home country of Malaysia to pursue his dream of becoming a civil engineer, Soo Yong Seng was awarded the FEBE Golden Jubilee Commemorative International Scholarship to study at the University of Newcastle.
The scholarship – which supports academically gifted international students to enrol in a program with the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment – took the financial stress off Soo Yong Seng and his family so he could focus on his Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours).
“By receiving the Scholarship, it helped my family to save a lot of money, which was good because it meant I didn’t need to worry about money matters and I could fully focus on my study.
“I’ve been learning about problem-solving skills and critical thinking skills which are very important in order to succeed in a career as a civil engineer.
“When I graduate, I aspire to build a better world for all people. I believe that you don’t need to build great buildings like Taj Mahal, Petronas Twin Towers, or The Great Wall in order to make this world a better place – I can do it by even just making a slight improvement to the way structures are built.
“Even if it only helps a small number of people to live a better and safer life, it will be so satisfying to see that the efforts that I’ve put into the projects have helped people.
“I really want to thank the University of Newcastle for awarding me this prestigious scholarship which helped bring me one step closer to my dream of becoming a civil engineer,” said Soo Yong Seng.
Soo Yong Seng
Being awarded the FEBE Golden Jubilee Commemorative International Scholarship allowed Malaysian international student Soo Yong Seng to pursue his dream of becoming a civil engineer.
By receiving the Scholarship, it helped my family to save a lot of money, which was good because it meant I didn’t need to worry about money matters and I could fully focus on my study.
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