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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2011
Australia – The Education Destination 111 engineeRing anD iT You can combine an engineering degree with a bachelor degree in another discipline, such as science, mathematics and computer science, arts, law, economics and finance. For example, the University of Technology’s Bachelor of Engineering / Bachelor of Business allows students to complete the core and major components of both the engineering and business degrees, producing engineers with skills in commercialisation of technology innovation and business graduates with professional-level competency in technology use. Postgraduate courses and research Australian universities have research strengths in different areas, depending on their courses and areas of interest, links to business and industry, and research facilities. Curtin University, for example, has engineering research strengths in minerals and energy, and emerging technologies in ICT. The Melbourne School of Engineering focuses on four research themes: biomedical engineering; information and communication systems; structured matter; and sustainable systems and energy. The universities are involved in collaborative research programs with government and industry. One example of industry collaboration is a recent research grant for The Melbourne School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne to work with leading communications company, NEC. The collaboration aims to dramatically increase data rates for mobile devices, and help deliver broadband services to remote locations that cannot be serviced by optical fibre. Professor Jamie Evans, from the University of Melbourne, said the collaboration was expected to have a significant impact on future global standards for wireless broadband communication. At the University of Technology, Sydney, researchers have been working with a local city council to develop a cheaper and less-intensive solution to water shortages – stormwater harvesting. Professor S ‘Vigi’ Vigneswaran explained: ‘We have been working at the Carlton Stormwater Reuse plant in Kogarah for a number of years to develop an efficient way of collecting rain water, treating it and then re-using it for industrial use, for example, in concrete processing. [Our] treatment units are perfect for high-density areas such as apartment blocks, shopping areas and urban areas generally.’ a passport to your career Engineering and IT qualifications from Australia are the passport to a successful career anywhere in the world. Graduates work across the globe in top companies and government departments, making a difference to the way we live. ■ Above: IT courses at Australian institutions encourage students to take a creative approach to challenges. ‘Australian universities have research strengths in different areas and are involved in collaborative research programs with government and industry.’ finD ouT MoRe engineers australia www.engineersaustralia.org.au engineering as a career http://makeitso.org.au/ Some information sourced from Engineers Australia. ‘Engineering and IT qualifications from Australia are the passport to a successful career anywhere in the world.’
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