This is my penultimate report as National\ud President of the Australian Institute of Traffic\ud Planning and Management, Inc. As an\ud academic, I would like to take this opportunity\ud to raise some issues and challenges I see in\ud transport professional education in Australia. My\ud general view is that the transport profession has\ud until recently been less conspicuous to others as\ud an identifiable discipline. This is both a blessing\ud and somewhat of a curse. People mostly enter,\ud or sometimes fall into, the transport profession\ud having taken a degree in civil engineering,\ud other engineering, urban and regional planning,\ud economics, industrial psychology, business,\ud followed by the less obvious disciplines. This\ud order is probably about relative to the proportion\ud of members’ background qualifications in our\ud ranks too. However, once a graduate destined\ud to become a transport professional has spent\ud about five years or so out of the academic\ud estuary, they tend to specialise in an area that\ud cannot necessarily be easily correlated to the\ud well known courses I have rattled off above.\ud I can say from experience that it is not out of\ud the question to see SIDRA models having been\ud prepared by a transport professional who did\ud not take traffic engineering as part of a civil\ud engineering degree. So I see a couple of key\ud challenges for the transport profession, which\ud happens to be represented by a number of\ud bodies, with our AITPM perhaps being the peak\ud body, into the future
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