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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
110 Australia – The Education Destination inSTiTuTionS anD DiSciPlineS The industry body, Engineers Australia, is responsible for the accreditation of undergraduate engineering programs. All professional engineering programs accredited by Engineers Australia are of four years’ duration or longer. On successful completion, graduates are professional engineers who can receive membership of Engineers Australia, with their qualification recognised by such countries as the USA, United Kingdom, Hong Kong (SAR), New Zealand, Canada and South Africa. The degree title for all accredited programs is normally Bachelor of Technology, Bachelor of Engineering Technology or Bachelor of Engineering Science. You can specialise in a broad field or niche subject area to match your goals. Areas of engineering study include: civil; mechanical and automotive; electrical and electronic; chemical; aviation technology and aerospace; software and digital systems; ocean, marine and naval; architectural; environmental; geoinformation systems; computational; mechatronic; pharmaceutical; biomedical; mining and energy; petroleum; renewable energies; photovoltaics and solar energy; research and development; and innovation and entrepreneurship. In the field of information technology, degrees are in: computer science; software engineering; information technology; telecommunications; artificial intelligence; business information systems; internet computing and ecommerce; and multimedia and interactive entertainment. For the best skills knowledge and training, Australian universities have the latest technology and equipment. For example, Griffith University’s advanced facilities include Australia’s only university-based microchip factory; high quality test facilities and structural, hydraulic and geotechnical laboratories; and specialised visualisation and multimedia laboratories. Monash University has the largest wind tunnel in the southern hemisphere; a world-class wave tank which simulates the action of any large body of water; microscopy and microanalysis equipment; and access to the Synchrotron, Australia’s largest scientific and engineering facility. Double degrees for broader experience Australian universities offer double (combined) degrees at the bachelor level. This means you can undertake two degrees to tailor your engineering or IT qualification for a particular discipline or industry. The two degrees are completed jointly in substantially less time than would be needed to complete them separately. ‘Today, we are seeing the emergence of new disciplines of engineering.’ engineeRing TackleS SuSTainaBiliTy cHallengeS Engineering has an important role in tackling the challenges of sustainability that the world is facing. From ensuring water supplies to creating energy efficient buildings to utilising renewable technologies, engineers are creating solutions. Engineers Australia recently ran a competition to make ideas into reality. The winning idea was from 19 year-old Abdul Al-Dasooq, who is studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) at the University of Adelaide. His idea was for developing communities to re-use their agricultural waste to create energy for cooking and heating. Engineers Australia Chief Executive Officer, Peter Taylor, said: ‘Communities, both globally and in Australia, are facing significant sustainability challenges. The engineering profession, with its know-how and creativity, has the right people to assist in tackling some of these difficult issues.’ ‘Graduates from Australian engineering courses work across the globe in top companies and government departments, making a difference to the way we live.’
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