Student Profile - Lik Soo

BEng Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Home Country: Malaysia

Lik Soo Student Image"I have found that the professors and home students have been very approachable and helpful in my degree." 

What are the best points of your course?

I have found that the professors and home students have been very approachable and helpful in my degree, being welcoming and open to giving advice. I like how my course is laid out in a way that we are being taught in a step by step process making learning straightforward.

What’s the best thing about studying at the University of Birmingham?

The University of Birmingham has an exceptional atmosphere with its mixture of beautiful architectural buildings such as the old historical red-brick buildings and the new modern buildings too. I am looking forward to when the new sports centre and library are finished building, as they will make the University stand out even more and expand on facilities for students. Also, I really admire how the University takes the students opinions and suggestions into account, with our comments listened to seriously and the student voice is respected.

What’s your highlight of your time here so far?

I like that the University has a vast choice of societies ranging from sport societies to the volunteering societies, this has really encouraged me to explore more in my spare time. I had secured a summer placement with GKN through the University Mentoring Scheme, which allows me to learn about new skills and areas as well as incorporating the teaching I am learning at University. I also gained the opportunity to have an insight day with CDS (Control and Data Services) which is part of Rolls Royce Group.

What advice would you give to other international students?

Be confident to stand out of your comfort zone and to experience different culture.

What do you like the most about the city?

Birmingham is a diverse and vibrant city, celebrating many events at the city centre such as the German Christmas market and the Chinese New Year celebrations. There is always something going on and something to look forward to here. When I first came to Birmingham I found the transport system easy to get used to and very accessible especially to the University and the airport. Birmingham also has the National Exhibition Centre which holds a variety of shows and exhibitions, I myself enjoy going to the annual photography show there.

How do you feel you have benefitted from the experience of studying in the UK?

As a mechanical engineering student, I have gained a lot of knowledge academically and practically. I am now more confident to communicate and speak out to people from all walks of life. Travelling around Europe and UK during term breaks had made me experienced a lot as well.