En­gi­neer­ing con­fer­ence to bring boost to Hamil­ton

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En­gi­neer­ing is one of the Waikato’s most ro­bust in­dus­tries so it’s apt that the re­gions t wo largest ed­u­ca­tional providers have joined forces to host the Aus­tralasian As­so­ci­a­tion for En­gi­neer­ing Ed­u­ca­tion’s ( AAEE) an­nual con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber this year, say the or­gan­is­ers. This is the first time the con­fer­ence has been held in the Waikato.

Team man­ager for Win­tec’s Cen­tre for En­gi­neer­ing and In­dus­trial De­sign (CEID) and AAEE Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­ber, Dr Trudy Har­ris is ‘thrilled’ that the joint bid to host the con­fer­ence in Hamil­ton was suc­cess­ful.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to bring this in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence to New Zealand and Hamil­ton. This con­fer­ence is an im­por­tant arena to share teach­ing prac­tice and re­search in En­gi­neer­ing Ed­u­ca­tion within Aus­trala­sia. The changes we make to­day in our teach­ing will ul­ti­mately pro­duce the en­gi­neer­ing grad­u­ates of the fu­ture.”

The con­fer­ence will be at­tended by around 250 en­gi­neer­ing ed­u­ca­tors from uni­ver­si­ties, in­sti­tutes of tech­nol­ogy, In­dus­try Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­dus­try, en­gi­neer­ing pro­fes­sional bod­ies and sec­ondary schools from through­out New Zealand and Aus­tralia. The con­fer­ence theme is ‘Fu­ture En­gi­neer: Ac­count­ing for Di­ver­sity’ and pre­sen­ta­tions and work­shops will fo­cus on teach­ing meth­ods, the­ory, phi­los­o­phy and ap­pli­ca­tion; stu­dent, aca­demic and in­dus­try needs; cul­tural per­spec­tives; and cur­rent is­sues such as ca­ter­ing to di­verse needs and pre­par­ing stu­dents for the work­place.

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