A report commissioned by global leader in engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has named the Charles Sturt University engineering degree as one of the top emerging engineering courses in the world and has described the degree as “completely rethinking what engineering educating should look like”.
The recognition is the result of a benchmarking study of global state-of-the-art undergraduate engineering courses to support the MIT program of reform in undergraduate engineering education.
The MIT-commissioned report, canvassed opinions from a wide range of international experts, and Charles Sturt University was chosen among a small group of universities as an emerging leader in the field.
“Charles Sturt University is among a small group of universities recognised as a world leader in engineering education.”
Ian A Waitz, Dean of Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
This puts our engineering program alongside renowned engineering education names including University College London Singapore University of Technology and Delft Design and University of Technology.
Charles Sturt University Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said being able to influence global practice in engineering education demonstrates that innovation is alive and well in regional Australia.
“We knew as the 37th engineering school in Australia we had to offer something unique and radically different to producing entrepreneurial engineers… graduates with technical excellence wrapped in communication, financial and management intelligence, and produce ‘entrepreneurial engineers’ with technical experience tackling authentic engineering problems right across the nation.
“To be identified by MIT as an engineering degree of the future and a global leader in engineering education is a major coup for Charles Sturt University. It gives us the confidence to keep pushing the boundaries to meet the changing expectations and needs of students, employers and society into the future,” Vice-Chancellor Professor Vann said.
Engineering… but not as you know it
The report describes Charles Sturt Engineering as creating a “new chapter in engineering education” by offering a radically different approach that focuses on human-centred engineering and diverse opportunities for students to explore authentic problems using state-of-the-art technology.
Foundation Professor of Engineering Euan Lindsay said for this model to work the engineering degree had to be something completely out of the box.
“Our program allows opportunities for students to explore and apply engineering learning through authentic problems through four year-long paid placements in the workforce.
“This is a program that trains student engineers – not engineering students. The difference is when our students go out into work placement after only 18 months on campus, we are told they are acting like the graduates from other more traditional degrees.
“The way we treat the student engineers as professionals in training is a cultural shift for university education and a defining feature of Charles Sturt Engineering,” Professor Lindsay concluded.
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