THE TRAINING AND EDUCATION OF CIVIL ENGINEERING STUDENTS AT NEW ZEALAND’S LARGEST TECHNICAL INSTITUTE
UNITEC Institute of Technology (NEW ZEALAND)
About this paper:
Conference name: 14th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2022
Location: Palma, Spain
Abstract:This paper attempts to highlight some interesting and unique aspects related to engineering education (mainly in the civil discipline) in New Zealand, a country where the typical student cohort is extremely diverse in terms of nationality, ethnicity, previous educational background, and age.
The New Zealand education system follows a three-tier model made up of: kindergartens and childcare centres (Early Childhood Education), primary and secondary school (high schools), and tertiary education (higher and vocational education) – provided by the universities, institutes of technology, industry and private training providers, and Māori training organisations.
As with many other countries in the English-speaking world, engineering education in New Zealand is delivered at three levels; at diploma level (Dublin accord qualification), a three-year bachelor degree (Sydney accord), and a four-year bachelor degree (Washington accord). The diplomas and three-year bachelor qualification are typically delivered at institutes of technology around the country, while the four-year degree is only delivered at the universities.
The diversity of Dublin and Sydney accord civil engineering students in the structural specialisation over the past five years is introduced. Their academic performance in terms of these various characteristics, nationality, age, educational background, among others is investigated, and commentary is provided on how this relates to the imperatives of the New Zealand government’s long-term Tertiary Education Strategy.
Some practical teaching methods used to engage and inspire students, and ensure that they are equipped with relevant skills to participate successfully in the labour market are also presented.
Keywords: Engineering education, bachelor degree, practical teaching.