University of Sydney – Faculty of Engineering and Information TechnologiesBy Asian Correspondent Nov 15, 2012 4:29PM UTC
Australia’s oldest university was founded in 1850 and remains one of the most sought-after centres of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region. Prestige is a matter of course here. Since its inception, the University of Sydney has gifted the world with three Nobel Prize Laureates and a host of acclaimed leaders in science and engineering.
The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies is particularly competitive, and it attracts ambitious students from across Asia. Students enjoy access to a diverse range of course offerings that cover everything from robotics to biomedical engineering. This is a major hub of higher education for Asian students, but the Faculty of Engineering and IT’s networks circle the world.
Postgraduate studies are crucial in advanced technological fields. The University of Sydney offers a Master of Engineering and a Master of Professional Engineering. Both are designed through close industry collaboration to ensure that coursework is relevant and up to date. The MPE offers accredited qualifications that allow graduates to work in Australia and abroad. Alongside this, the ME is specially tailored for qualified engineers who aspire to move into middle management.
Graduate students enrolled at the Faculty of Engineering and IT are actively involved in important research projects that have significant implications for the Pan-Asia region. There are five key research themes: Biomedical Engineering and Technology, Clean Energy, Complex Systems, Materials and Structures, Robotics and Water and the Environment.
Graduate students work with one or more of the following schools of engineering:
School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Of all the engineering schools at the University of Sydney, this is the one that receives the most attention in Asia and abroad. Its postgraduate and research programmes are highly successful, ranking third in Australia while maintaining international leadership. Graduate students work with the acclaimed faculty on problems pertaining to fluid dynamics, navigation and control, UAV flight systems and field robotics, among many others.
The University of Sydney is a world leader in Project Management studies. This field involves coordinating, budgeting, evaluating and planning large-scale projects. Risk management is also a central consideration. In the course of their profession, project managers implement new systems and processes and deliver new products, services and infrastructure. In short, they team up with international organisations to effect change.
The programme benefits from its innovative ‘complex systems’ approach. This goes beyond the traditional view of systematic and mechanical optimisation to engage the organic dynamics of systems through ongoing innovation and adaptation. Postgraduate offerings include a Master of Project Leadership and a Master of Project Management.
School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is a strong suit of the University of Sydney. Outcomes in research, teaching and learning in this school are world-leading, and graduates are highly sought-after all over the world. Postgraduate research takes many forms, spanning optical fibre technology, sustainable technology, drying and process technology, micro-structured fluids research, bioengineering and biophysics and energy and chemical process systems.
School of Civil Engineering
Anywhere development is taking place on a national scale, civil engineers are at the heart of the endeavour. With this in mind, students planning to live and work in developing nations across Asia are taking a strong interest in the University of Sydney. The School of Engineering is particularly well-known for its research in structures and geomechanics.
School of Electrical and Information Engineering
This school offers three Master of Engineering coursework programs: electrical, power and wireless. Students who undertake a project as part of their coursework can earn substantial scholarships that are paid toward tuition fees. The research programme operated by this school is the largest in the Faculty of Engineering and IT. Specialised laboratories include the Centre of Excellence in Power Engineering, the Centre of Excellence in Telecommunications along with labs dedicated to Photonics Engineering and Computer and Software Engineering.
School of Information Technologies
This is a burgeoning field with vast applications. Postgraduate courses offered through the School of IT focus on enterprise commuting, human-centred computing, IT applications in healthcare and algorithmics and applications. This is, by nature, an interdisciplinary field, as the fundamentals of information technology are applied to external fields in an effort to drive discovery, boost efficiency and obtain a better understanding endemic problems.