24 April 2013

The University of Queensland (UQ) has become the first Australian University to partner with Europe's leading network for the training of bi-cultural, bilingual engineers.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Dr Anna Ciccarelli said the admittance of UQ into the Top Industrial Managers Europe (TIME) Association recognised the high calibre of engineering education at UQ.

“As a cornerstone of our global strategy, we identified priority regions and countries in which our work will have the most positive impact and best complement our strategic directions in learning and discovery,” Dr Ciccarelli said.

“This partnership is further evidence of UQ’s global standing in the top 100 of universities worldwide.”

UQ has partnered with the Technical University of Munich in Germany and the French Grandes Ecoles Centrales to establish double-degree programs that produce multicultural and multilingual globally focused graduates.

The Associate Dean (Academic) in the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, Professor Caroline Crosthwaite, said UQ’s entry into the TIME Association would enable the University to increase its engineering double-degree offerings.

“Membership of the TIME Association will further our international collaboration with European partners and facilitate our goal of increasing student mobility through structured double degrees.

“At the completion of their university studies, students undertaking a double degree with one of our partners will hold a Masters in Engineering from UQ as well as the degree equivalent from the European counterpart,” Professor Crosthwaite said.

“Through our double degree activities, we hope to supply the international market with quality engineering graduates who are able to work transnationally and in multiple cultures.”

For further information on engineering double degree programs visit http://www.eait.uq.edu.au/

Media contact: Trent Leggatt, Marketing and Communications Manager, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (t.leggatt@uq.edu.au or 3346 9976).

About the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology (EAIT) comprises the Schools of Architecture, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Mechanical and Mining Engineering, and the Advanced Water Management Centre. UQ’s outstanding critical mass in engineering, architecture and information technology integrates its research strengths with excellence in teaching and learning resulting in more national teaching awards than any other Australian university. UQ’s leading global role in many areas of discovery is reflected by the Times Higher Education-QS table (2013) ranking UQ in the top 100 universities globally, and 38th in the world for Engineering and Technology.