Sanjeev Verma answers questions on international education exclusively for readers of Friday.
My son is doing an undergraduate degree in civil engineering in Ontario, Canada. After it he wants to pursue a Masters in entrepreneurship and innovation, transportation or structures. Please tell us about universities where these courses are available. NAME WITHHELD ON REQUEST
Combining technical and business skills should provide your son with the competitive edge needed in the corporate world.
The conventional areas of specialisation in this field are structural engineering, construction engineering, transportation engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, urban planning, coastal and ocean engineering and geotechnical engineering. This combination could be pursued either as engineering management or engineering entrepreneurship.
McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, offers a Master’s in engineering entrepreneurship and innovation. At the University of Calgary your son can opt for a Minor in entrepreneurship and enterprise development that can be taken along with the engineering programme.
If your son wants to pursue a course in engineering management, he could consider University of Ottawa or University of Waterloo.
The University of Toronto offers an MEng programme that includes a combination of technical, leadership and business skills. Students can also pursue a course on Entrepreneurship Leadership Innovation Technology in Engineering (ELITE) with or without pursuing the MEng degree.
University of Waterloo and University of Calgary both offer graduate programmes in transportation engineering as well as structures. At the University of British Columbia (UBC) the transportation engineering programme offers research opportunities as well as excellent facilities.