Date of release: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Professor KeatesBusinesses are crying out for engineers and Greenwich is meeting the challenge with three new degree programmes specifically designed to meet their needs.

The university's graduates will be professionally qualified and ready to fill one of the 50,000 engineering vacancies across the UK every year.

Students taking the BEng Hons in Design, Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be aiming to launch their own businesses – or follow in the footsteps of the many engineers at the helm of top companies such as Larry Page (Google), Tim Cook (Apple), Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and Mary Barra (General Motors).

BEng Hons Cybernetics graduates will be perfectly placed to help grow the nascent UK robotics industry, potentially stealing a march on Japan and South Korea in smart technologies and developing the Internet of Things.

Meanwhile, students opting for the BEng Hons in Industrial Engineering will be set to deliver the growing demand for 21st century industries and organisations to 'work smarter' – maximising efficiencies across all resource acquisition, production and distribution systems.

"Engineers have the professional skills and the mindsets proven to benefit business," says Professor Simeon Keates, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor and member of the Faculty of Engineering & Science.

"They are very well grounded. They focus on process and detail, and they keep a cool head when faced with challenges. They are tenacious and always looking for new ways to achieve more – ways of working better, faster and smarter.

"That's why so many CEOs of major organisations worldwide are engineering graduates."

Current students and academics will be available to talk to potential students about the full range of engineering degrees at the university's next Open Day, which takes place at the Medway Campus on Saturday 25 February between 10am and 3pm. Visitors can also view the university's high-tech, specialist labs.

"This is an ideal opportunity," adds Professor Keates. "Schools don't teach engineering as an A-level. It is often hard for young people to find out more about different types of engineering, what they would be studying and the range of jobs on offer to engineering graduates.

"I hope that sixth-formers, college students and young people heading towards their GCSEs, as well as their families and teachers, will come and discover just how exciting engineering can be and the high-tech labs, including a robotics suite, now available at Medway."

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Picture: Professor Simeon Keates, University of Greenwich.