What skills are learned?
Since students in the Programme come from every engineering discipline and take many courses in other Faculties, students acquire an ability to interact effectively with others and take a multi-dimensional approach to problem solving. Students develop their oral communication skills through the many group discussions and presentations (both individual and group) required in the core courses. Due to the nature of material studied, written papers and assignments are common; students develop a significant proficiency in written communication. The inquiry courses and inquiry approach in other core courses enable students to develop their research skills; this includes an ability to formulate relevant questions and to critically define and assess problems.
What is so special from a student's perspective?
There are a whole range of answers to this question, depending on who you ask. Some students are attracted to the greater interaction with fellow classmates offered by the style of learning in the core courses. To others, it is the opportunity to add flavour and variety to their required engineering technical courses.
The focus elective courses enable students to develop their interests outside of engineering. The four-year programmes do allow for a few electives, but only a few; students in the Society Programme are able to explore an area in much more depth while at university. By the time students are in their final year, they have learned what it takes to be a responsible engineer and appreciate the broad base knowledge the core courses offer.
The small size of the Programme results in a sense of community and trust amongst colleagues. It is also quite easy to get to know your professors. And, of course, the social events organized by the Engineering and Society Student's Association are popular.