New grant is good news for electronics industry

Tuesday, 19 December 2006

The University of Adelaide will work together with TAFE SA to develop a new pathway into professional electronic engineering.

The University has been awarded $70,000 under the Federal Government's Collaboration and Structural Reform Fund (CASR) to develop, with TAFE SA, an Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering.

Planned to start in July 2008, the two-year Associate Degree would be offered by TAFE SA, and give guaranteed credit into the University of Adelaide's four-year Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical and Electronic degree.

The Associate Degree would introduce more science and mathematics into TAFE SA's electronic technology education, giving students the necessary foundation for advanced standing in the Bachelor of Engineering.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Fred McDougall said: "This proposed course has enormous potential benefit for TAFE students and for the electronics industry which cannot get enough skilled graduates.

"This funding will enable the University and TAFE SA to offer greater opportunities to young South Australians to become professional electronic engineers - something that will benefit the State, the community and the electronics industry."

The University of Adelaide is also a partner in another successful CASR-funded project which aims to develop a national postgraduate curriculum in plant biosecurity.

Associate Professor Mike Keller, co-ordinator of the project for the University of Adelaide, said a consortium of five universities led by the Queensland University of Technology would develop postgraduate awards in plant biosecurity to be shared across the university sector. The University of Adelaide will contribute the biological input.


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