Amirul Afif Bin Bokhairi, international mechanical engineering student from Malaysian

Amirul Afif Bin Bokhairi

Why did you decide to study at the University of Leeds?

When I applied to University of Leeds, Mechanical Engineering was ranked as no.1 in the Guardian League Table 2016 and 2nd for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2015. Student satisfaction played a big role in my choice of university as I wanted to make sure I enjoyed doing my undergraduate study. University of Leeds is indeed the right choice for me to pursue my study as the course is challenging, but the lecturers and facilities are really helpful in supporting me throughout the course. 

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?

The best aspect of studying Mechanical Engineering in Leeds is the lecturers. The lecturers really help me a lot. The weekly meetings with personal tutors during Level 1 and Level 2 helped me to cope with my studies and have even guided me through my future plans after graduating. As for the University, the facilities provided are very useful. The newly refurbished Edward Boyle Library in particular is a great environment to study in. The Student Union building also provides a cosy place to rest at the centre of the university campus. 

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?

One of the exciting projects that I have completed so far was during Level 2, and was a group project. We were tasked to design and build a buggy. It included designing using SolidWorks, analysing the suspension system, programming the buggy using LabVIEW and also building the buggy from scratch. The project combined skills learned from other modules. The 3D printing project in Level 3 was also exciting. Working in pairs, we were tasked with designing a product and then printing it using Ultimaker 2+. The project provided us with the platform to materialise our creativity and we even got to keep the 3D printed product!

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds is a very vibrant city. People come here from all over the world and I have had the chance to meet people with different backgrounds and cultures. The cost of living in Leeds is also affordable. For Muslims, there is a lot of halal food available. As a multicultural city, you can have cuisines from all over the world in one city!

What are your ambitions for the future?

After graduating, I’m planning to work in Malaysia. I want to share the skills and experience that I gained throughout the years I’m in Leeds. After having the required work experience, I’m planning to apply to be a Professional Engineer, recognised by Board of Engineers Malaysia

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

Studying in Leeds is always putting me outside my comfort zone. Meeting and having to work with people from different background is really helpful in preparing myself for working in a team. As the course itself is challenging, being independent is a must. A lot of personal study time is needed to fully understand what has been taught in lectures. These experiences have helped me to be able to adapt in different work environments. 

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

You will learn a lot during your time in Leeds. Expect challenges along the way but with all the support provided by friends, family and also the University, you can get through it all.