A year ago, the university’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science launched the Freshman Seminar.
The seminar offers students a chance to get to know each other and develop their skills.
Topics range from how to create a prototype of a new device to how to write a new algorithm.
But it’s the topics of the seminar that students really care about.
“The Freshman Session is a way to bring people together and have a deeper, more meaningful conversation about these topics,” says Dr Lisa Loh, one of the university officials involved in the creation of the programme.
The Freshman Lectures were originally conceived as a way for students to share their experiences and build a sense of belonging.
Dr Loh explains: “The idea is to give students an opportunity to connect with other students and learn together.”
It’s also a way of giving them a real challenge.
I’ve been working with students in the Department of Computer Science for a year, and there’s been a lot of interest and enthusiasm for the programme.
“The Freshmen Seminar is now in its second year.
The programme is being expanded to cover all undergraduate courses and also is looking to open it up to the wider student body.
The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has also recently launched its Freshmen Lectures, and has set up a website to provide further information and resources.
What students can expect in terms of the content of the Freshmen Sessions depends on the student and the subject.
For example, the Faculty of Engineering and Technology will be hosting its first Freshmen Session, which will be open to students from all undergraduate disciplines.
Students will also be able to attend the first Freshman Symposium in the department’s history.
“I think it’s going to be very useful for them, too.””
This programme has been a great way for our students to network and get to see how the department works,” Dr Luh explains.
“I think it’s going to be very useful for them, too.”