First Graduate School of Engineering
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.”