School of Civil Engineering

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Leading minds create alternative engineering education experience

UQ School of Civil Engineering

Leading minds create alternative engineering education experience

UQ School of Civil Engineering

Important issues facing the civil engineering profession will be tackled head-on at the final Ove Arup Foundation Workshop hosted by The University of Queensland next week.

Important issues facing the civil engineering profession will be tackled head-on at the final Ove Arup Foundation Workshop hosted by The University of Queensland next week.

Head of UQ’s School of Civil Engineering Professor Jose Torero, who led the development of six workshops, said there was a need for a new generation of leaders to drive engineering into the future.

“Each event has brought together global experts from education and industry to participate in a three-day forum to cover a wide range of issues facing the drastic transition engineering is currently experiencing,” Professor Torero said.

This workshop in the series will highlight how the current engineering education experience needs to enhance student opportunities and be relevant.

“To revive the educational experience for our undergraduate engineers a number of radical changes have been proposed.

“These changes provide the mechanism to enhance the education experience for the engineers of tomorrow and produce innovative graduates capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century,” Professor Torero said.

The workshops first commenced in 2011 with support from the Lloyd's Register Educational Trust near Edinburgh in the United Kingdom and will culminate with the Ove Arup Foundation Workshop at UQ next week.

This year’s keynote address will be given by Professor Christine Ortiz, dean for graduate education and Professor in the materials science department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

If you are interested in attending, please email: h.murzi@uq.edu.au. Space is limited.

Media: Trent Leggatt, t.leggatt@uq.edu.au, (07) 3346 9976.