Curtin Engineering is proud of its close industry collaboration and appreciates widespread industry support.

The engineering community has assisted the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY) through various industry advisory panels, financial sponsorship of the EFY studio project rooms and direct input through participation in lectures and student site visits. The industry exposure obtained during the EFY delivers students with a positive, considered and realistic view of the engineering profession at an early stage of their education.

Effective engineering education requires an inclusive partnership between Curtin University and industry. A shared ownership and appreciation of the academic needs of future engineering graduates from their foundation year onwards ensures industry and society are equipped with professionally accomplished, culturally astute graduates. These graduates will display a solid theoretical grounding and a strong practical focus equal to society and industry demands.

Recognition by industry

The EFY program was successfully accredited as part of all engineering disciplines by the professional body Engineers Australia in 2005, receiving a number of special commendations.

“The first-year Learning Studio facility and the very effective Learning Clinics as an innovative and effective learning environment for commencing students and the strength of the industry sponsorship in establishing this project”

Engineers Australia (2006)

EFY also won Curtin’s “Excellence and Innovation in Teaching” award in the category of “First-year Experience” in 2006. The Engineering Studio concept, with its industry participation, is gaining recognition by other tertiary-education institutions.