By Michelle Wheeler
Hit the ground running with this unique degree.
Charles Sturt University (CSU) built their engineering course for 2016 from the ground up.
Lectures and exams are replaced with everything industry needs from graduates – business savvy, work experience and communication skills.
The first 18 months of classes are in the university’s state-of-the-art engineering building in Bathurst, and each semester focuses on a different engineering challenge.
Students then start paid work experience placements, so they can graduate workforce-ready. “The goal is to get students thinking about the impact of their work so they can make a difference in the real world,” says CSU Foundation Professor of Engineering, Euan Lindsay.
“Industry wants graduates with good communication who understand finances and entrepreneurship. We’re building a unique type of graduate with a different view of the world.”
Euan says the five-and-a-half year Masters level program includes four one-year paid industry placements, supported by online learning.
“Employers give them tasks, so it’s real engineering,” he says.
The degree is already popular with industry, described as “the most exciting development in engineering education in Australia at this time” by Stephen Finlay, general manager of Engineers Australia in Sydney.
“There’s no other program like it offered at any other Australian university.”
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