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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.

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