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At last count : Engineering undergraduates in 21st Century Australia

By Ian Dobson


The number of enrolments in undergraduate programmes in engineering has grown at more than the national average this century. The main areas of enrolment growth in Australian higher education have been of women and overseas students, and the latter group has been particularly relevant in the case in engineering. The analysis undertaken for this article is based on statistical data from the ministry responsible for Australia's tertiary education. However, women remain underrepresented in engineering programmes, and there is a risk that the high proportion of overseas students means that Australia is exporting engineering talent at a cost to the development of its own knowledge-intensive labour force. © 2012 WIETE

Topics: Australia, Engineering programmes, Engineering talent, Engineering undergraduates, Higher education, Labour force, Statistical datas, Tertiary education, Undergraduate programmes, Education, Professional aspects, Cost engineering, 09 Engineering, 10 Technology, 13 Education
Year: 2013
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