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Contextual engineering education : industry involvement in engineering education

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conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Ian DevenishIan Devenish, Robin HowardRobin Howard, K Hetherington, N Harper
The increasing complexity of the engineering workplace continues to present a challenge to engineering educators to be able to provide students with engineering skills and knowledge that are readily transferable to the practical engineering workplace. Industry has the ability to participate in the education of future engineers, but it needs to be in an integrated manner, rather than ad hoc guest lectures. In recognition of this the John Holland Group (JHG) and CQUniversity, have implemented the “Engineers for the Future” program. Within this program, practising John Holland professionals deliver industry relevant lectures to all levels of the CQUniversity Engineering student cohort.This paper outlines the introduction and implementation of the “Engineers for the Future” program, and details the benefits and issues that have arisen. While the program is only one year old, it has provided the basis for a relationship that has positive outcomes for both parties.


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21st Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education: Past, Present, Future - the 'keys' to engineering education research and practice, 5-8 Dec 2010, Sydney

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Sydney, N.S.W.


Faculty of Engineering & Information Technology, University of Technology, Sydney,

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Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Conference; Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health; John Holland Group; Learning and Teaching Education Research Centre (LTERC);

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Australasian Association for Engineering Education. Conference.