Friday, 08 April 2011
Edith Cowan University (ECU) is pleased to announce a collaborative agreement with Australia’s national centre for maritime training, education and research, the Australian Maritime College (AMC) aimed at meeting the specialist skills demands of the maritime engineering industry.
The partnership will see ECU students spend two years studying engineering at their home campus in Perth, Western Australia, before undertaking a further two years’ study at AMC in Launceston, Tasmania, specialising in Ocean Engineering, Naval Architecture or Marine and Offshore Systems.
AMC’s National Centre for Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics Director, Neil Bose, said the innovative “two plus two” degree would strengthen ties with key industry and education stakeholders.
“Perth is the centre of the oil and gas industry in Australia as well as being a major player in the shipbuilding sector, however there are currently no WA universities that offer maritime engineering degrees,” Professor Bose said.
“AMC and its world-class hydrodynamic facilities are well placed to provide the education and training that graduates need to meet industry demands. We believe this partnership will be of great benefit to Edith Cowan University and AMC, as well as the companies that manage the vast offshore oil, gas and iron ore developments in Western Australia and further afield.”
ECU’s Head of School of Engineering, Professor Daryoush Habibi, said there was a strong commitment to the successful delivery of these joint programs at both institutions.
“We continue to receive a lot of positive feedback and supportive remarks for this collaborative arrangement from many oil and gas industry stakeholders in WA,” Professor Habibi said.
“The partnership between AMC and ECU will offer a unique pathway to those WA residents who have an interest in studying maritime engineering, as it will reduce the time that they need to spend away from home to complete a maritime engineering course.”
The collaborative agreement was signed by both parties in December 2010 with the first intake of students expected to commence their studies at ECU in 2012, and arriving at AMC to undertake their third and fourth years in 2014.
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