First Grad­u­ate School of En­gi­neer­ing

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THE UNIVER­SITY of Auck­land’s Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing has launched the coun­try’s first Grad­u­ate School of En­gi­neer­ing with the aim of pro­vid­ing the best- pos­si­ble post­grad­u­ate stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence for the next gen­er­a­tion of en­gi­neers.

The Fac­ulty of En­gi­neer­ing is New Zealand’s high­est-ranked en­gi­neer­ing school and has over 500 post­grad­u­ate stu­dents en­rolled in more than 20 taught masters’ pro­grammes cov­er­ing all en­gi­neer­ing dis­ci­plines from civil en­gi­neer­ing to elec­tri­cal and com­puter, chem­i­cal and ma­te­ri­als and me­chan­i­cal.

Dean of En­gi­neer­ing Pro­fes­sor Nic Smith says the aim of the new School is to pro­vide flex­i­ble learn­ing through one-year pro­grammes and team- based learn­ing. Stu­dents will also have reg­u­lar op­por­tu­ni­ties to meet and work with New Zealand’s top pro­fes­sional en­gi­neers.

Em­ploy­a­bil­ity will be built into the School’s cur­ricu­lum with new pro­grammes that meet both the needs of stu­dents and the needs of in­dus­try.

“We be­lieve the Grad­u­ate School of En­gi­neer­ing will cre­ate a post­grad­u­ate ex­pe­ri­ence sec­ond-tonone in New Zealand, en­sur­ing that stu­dents are given real op­por­tu­ni­ties through strong ties to in­dus­try and em­ploy­ers and by al­low­ing for real flex­i­bil­ity within pro­grammes,” Prof. Smith said.

“Whether you want to change ca­reer, are a pro­fes­sional en­gi­neer re­turn­ing for fur­ther study or pre­par­ing to em­bark on your ca­reer, we think the Grad­u­ate School is the way of the fu­ture and it will fur­ther strengthen the abil­ity of New Zealand to pro­duce first-rate en­gi­neers able to lead the way in fu­ture tech­nolo­gies and knowl­edge.”

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