SCU Offers Engineering Course


Southern Cross University is sure there will be local demand for graduates from a new engineering course.
From the start of next year students will be able to study for a four-year civil engineering degree.
It is the first course of its kind to be offered in regional NSW.
The Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee said a steady flow of qualified graduates will be welcome on the north coast.
“Seventy per cent of our students who graduate from our professional program continue to work in a regional environment,” he said.
“If you go to the city only about 25% of those students ever return to a regional environment.
“Lismore City Council reported, it has advertised for a professional engineer for the fourth time.
“It has been unable to fill that position three times previously.”
Professor Lee said two years of planning has gone into setting up the four-year course.
He said training on the north coast may help graduates resist the temptation of big-money mining jobs available outside the region.
“Well I think we’re trying to counter that, I think there is a risk of that,” he said.
“But by engaging our students with local projects that have been been offered by local cities, shire and other companies in the region, we hope that they’ll see the advantages of doing exciting engineering work in our region.”

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