8 Surprising Facts About Studying Electrical and Computer Engineering
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Electrical and computer engineering – a hybrid of electrical engineering and computer programming – is quite possibly becoming the most rapidly evolving field of technology in the world today.
From designing pioneering medical equipment such as surgical robots and monitoring devices to help patients and identify diseases, to creating sustainable energy and power systems to measure and combat climate change, 21st century technologies in electrical and computer engineering are transforming the world.
You’ll become an innovator
You’ll be at the forefront of future technologies, using your math and science expertise to design and develop affordable, efficient, accessible and sustainable solutions to everyday problems.
Bill Gates, Tim Berners Lee, Esther M. Conwell, Nikola Telsa, Heinrich Rudolf Hertz – all of these electrical and computer engineers have left outstanding legacies in their respective fields. Maybe you could join this list of amazing names one day?
You can help the world
While you invent and reinvent products, you’ll also be helping society at the same time. Building new technologies and products that matter is surely an incentive to consider studying this fascinating and growing field?
Because, let’s face it – electrical and computer engineers are indispensable to society – without them, well, you wouldn’t even be reading this article for a start.
You’ll have the opportunity to study in two countries
That is, if you study the Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Duke Kunshan University. Students can get the best of both global powerhouses as they spend their first year studying in mainland China, and then travel to the US in their second year to study at Duke University, in North Carolina.
Electrical and computer engineering grads enjoy high starting salaries
How does an average annual salary of US$109,000 sound?
Considering the size of the electrical and computer engineering field, the demand for those with the necessary skills, knowledge and expertise is impressively high. There is, of course, the inevitable career ladder to climb, so although the starting salary may not be a six-figure sum, you can still expect a healthy salary at the start of your career.
With a degree in electrical and computer engineering, it’s easier to get on the career ladder
A degree in electrical and computer engineering opens many doors. Although you may not have given your future career path much thought just yet, the skills you’ll develop – along with the awareness of relevant contexts, such as business and environmental issues that you’ll acquire in your degree – will give you all you need to get started.
We’ve already mentioned how electrical and computer engineers can work in the healthcare and renewable energy industries, but they also work in aerospace, bioengineering, construction and manufacturing, automation, transport, entertainment (think smartphones, computer tablets and 3D television), as well as telecommunications.
You can work overseas
Even before graduating, Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering students at Duke Kunshan University have the exciting opportunity to undertake an internship in mainland China during the summer between first year and second year of their studies.
Plus, they can acquire an OPT (optional practical training) for up to 24 months after graduating, which gives them coveted access to the US job market.
You could even work for a global corporation
The technology landscape is constantly evolving and needs the next generation of electrical and computer engineers to be armed with all the right skills, knowledge and expertise.
You can follow in the footsteps of electrical and computer engineering graduates from Duke Kunshan University and work for a truly global corporation, such as Google, Facebook, Uber, Bosch, and Bloomberg.
You’ll never be bored
Thanks to the constant modification, invention and re-invention of various gadgets and products, you’ll never be bored as you put your knowledge, imagination and technical skillset is put to the test. What more could you want?
This article was originally published in September 2019 . It was last updated in January 2020