Industry drives change in degrees

Tuesday, 7 September 2004

The University of Adelaide's School of Chemical Engineering has introduced three new degrees for 2005, which aim to prepare graduates for an expanded future in chemical engineering.

These new programs will allow students to widen their horizons and employment opportunities - from working as a process engineer in the cosmetic industry to assisting winemakers in the wine industry.

The new undergraduate degrees are:

  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Energy & Environment)
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Process & Product Engineering)
  • Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Food, Wine & Biomolecular)

The development of these new degrees has come about because of a shift in the chemical industry, according to Dr Brian O'Neill, Deputy Head of the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Adelaide.

"In the past, commodity-chemical businesses, such as the production of various petroleum products, have dominated the chemical industry and have greatly influenced the curriculum of undergraduate chemical engineering education," Dr O'Neill says.

"Now it is apparent that the chemical industry is moving towards the manufacture and sale of higher value-added materials. It is a move away from materials sold according to their purity, to materials sold for their performance behaviour.

"Chemical products can be as varied as formulated pharmaceuticals, semiconductors and other electronic products, household products, beauty or personal care products and processed food.

"Our new degrees will provide graduates with skills to make an impact in these industries, as well as giving them the knowledge and ability to help shape the future of the industries in which they work.

"As well, these new degrees should prove attractive to overseas students, who might not be in a position to access the school's extensive double-degree program due to the cost of an additional one or two years overseas," Dr O'Neill says.

The University of Adelaide is holding a SATAC Information Session for potential students interested in learning more about studying Engineering.

WHERE: Rennie Lecture Theatre, Johnson Building, University of Adelaide's North Terrace Campus

WHEN: 7.30pm Wednesday, September 8


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