The University of Western Australia is located in Perth on Australia’s west coast. It’s one of Australia’s ‘Group of Eight’ universities and enjoys high standing in the Asia-Pacific region. Research conducted here garners a great deal of attention abroad, and Shanghai-Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities lists UWA among the global top-100 universities.
The engineering programs on offer provide students with a balance of hands-on practice and theory, with generous support from faculty and staff. The university is unambiguous about its aspirations: to graduate future CEOs of engineering organizations. With that in mind, several engineers have recently been inducted into Engineers Australia’s list of the ‘Top 100 Australia’s Most Influential Engineers’ lists.
Studying at UWA also affords the opportunity to study abroad with well-known universities around the world. UWA has educational partners in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as Austria, Chile, Denmark, France, Canada and the US. This paves the way to unprecedented networking opportunities, not to mention the chance to acquire a third language and sharpen cross-cultural communication skills.
The Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics offers an overarching degree program in Engineering Science. This is an intensive five-year program that results in a BS in Engineering Science as well as a Master of Professional Engineering Award. During the first two years, the faculty lay the foundations of engineering and science, after which the student moves into a chosen area of specialization. As the first two years are standardized, there is no need to leap into a particular engineering discipline, leaving students with plenty of time to make a decision.
Upon graduating to the Master of Engineering phase of study, students are usually ready hone in on a specific area of specialization. They choose from the following: Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Software Engineering.
The Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics also offers dynamic research opportunities to postgraduate students. The university’s proclivity for international outreach and collaboration fosters an ideal climate for postgraduate inquiry. Postgraduate scholarships are available.
The faculty focus their research into six strategic themes: bioengineering, energy and minerals, engineering education, environment and infrastructure, mathematics and computation for complex systems and sensors and sensing systems.
Special facilities for engineering students
The Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science also has its own facilities for students in addition to those provided by the university for the entire student body. These dedicated facilities provide an enhanced environment in which students from the faculty can work together, get to know each other and even get experience handling engineering projects and problems like those they will encounter in the course of their careers.
The following are among the specialized facilities hosted by the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Science:
This unique learning center combines hands-on training and world-class teaching in a learning environment that simulates the professional workplace. It’s a result of collaboration between UWA and Monadelphous, one of Australia’s leading engineering groups. Within the learning center, students take real-world projects from the design phase through to prototype development and presentation to clients.
The Clough Engineering Student Centre is a fully equipped study center in which students can collaborate on projects, meet with faculty or simply get to know other engineering students. It features several self-study areas; one large meeting room and four smaller seminar rooms; electronic whiteboards; flat screen televisions; and comprehensive Internet facilities.
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