International Energy Engineering Opportunities Continue To Expand At Lews Castle College UHI

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Lews Castle College UHI approaches it’s Diamond Anniversary in 2013 with continued growth in the range of Energy Engineering opportunities at the college which is located at the North West tip off Europe.

The map illustrates the wide network of students from across the world that are now choosing to come to study and carry out research in Energy Engineering projects at  Lews Castle College UHI..

The map illustrates the wide network of students from across the world that are now choosing to come to study and carry out research in Energy Engineering projects at Lews Castle College UHI.

I wanted to do my research in a place where I could develop my English while living in a close community and completing my research at a college with a strong track record in Energy research and strong links with Energy companies.

A significant and growing number of students from across the world are now choosing to come to study and carry out research in Energy Engineering related projects at Lews Castle College UHI.

In the first Semester of the current session people from eight different nations have chosen Lews Castle College UHI to complete their studies and/or research and the trends indicate that these numbers will continue to grow in the coming years with a widening range of opportunities for study being offered locally and the college working with local partners to expand the local infrastructure for their students through partnerships with the Public Sector and Private Sector firms such as Schlumberger.

“Lews Castle College has always been a college with strong international links through the skills developed by local people at the college. The employment gained by our graduates in sectors such as the Maritime and Energy Engineering sectors has been of crucial importance to the local economy as it led to significant injections of income into our economy “ said Iain Macmillan, Principal and Chief Executive of Lews Castle College UHI.

“This is now being reinforced by the number of people choosing to come to live, work, study and carry out research in the islands through Lews Castle College UHI. More than 10% of our full time students this session have chosen to come to the islands to study and we also have a significant amount of research activity being carried out by people who have chosen to come to the islands to complete their research “added Mr Macmillan.

Two of the college’s Engineering Lecturers Roddy Ferguson and Imran Rizvi have recently returned from a recruitment visit to the South of France where they met with staff and students from two local colleges who have expressed an interest in coming to Lewis to continue their studies. The main area of interest being the Energy Engineering degree available at Lews Castle College UHI through the University of the Highlands and Islands. At one of these colleges over 200 French students attended the presentation on the opportunities available at Lews Castle College UHI .

The college is now taking this forward by developing some language support programmes for these students. These will be delivered in a way which will help to ensure that the students will have developed enough fluency in English for “the language factor” not to be a disadvantage to coming to study in the islands. This model has proved to be successful with other international students coming to Lews Castle in the past.

One such student was Benjamin Vogelli [pictured with his Research Supervisor Dr Alasdair Macleod with one of the Wind Turbine prototypes he developed during his time at Lews Castle College UHI ]. Beni came to Lews Castle College UHI in Semester One from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences to carry out research on the development of low cost wind turbines which could be used to provide cheap energy in the Third World.

“I chose Lews Castle College and the Hebrides as it provided an opportunity which was different to others which were available . I wanted to do my research in a place where I could develop my English while living in a close community and completing my research at a college with a strong track record in Energy research and strong links with Energy companies,” said Research student Beni Vogelli.

Beni was originally a carpenter and then changed career to develop his Engineering skills. He developed and tested two prototype wind turbines whilst at Lews Castle College UHI, one of which is shown in the attached picture. This prototype was made of balsa wood and recycled materials . Beni is now completing his research report back in Switzerland and further work will be done to improve the efficiency of the prototype with a view to developing a low cost devise which will fulfil his objective of providing much cheaper energy for people in the third world.

“I have really enjoyed my time at Lews Castle College and living in the islands. I had no real idea about what life would be like here when I signed up to come, but there were other Swiss and European students at the college when I started which helped me settle and I received a lot of support and encouragement from the college staff and the new friends I have made since coming to the islands and I would definitely recommend it to people who want a research challenge and to improve their English by living in a very friendly community” added Research Student Beni Vogelli.

To find out more about the wide range of opportunities available through Lews Castle College UHI please visit http://www.lews.uhi.ac.uk

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