NTU starts new Master’s degree programme in infrastructure engineering to meet industry demands
Did you know that an infrastructure engineer plays an important role in building an MRT network? He is in charge of the entire development of the project, ranging from conceptualisation, planning and route-design, to management of the project. This role often goes beyond his engineering specialisation, as the engineer has to understand the connections between the different components of the project such as civil works, power supply and control and communication. Without an infrastructure engineer, the project might incur unnecessary delays and extra costs.
Hence, there is an increasing demand for engineers to possess such multidisciplinary skills, which will allow them to oversee and manage larger, multi-faceted infrastructure projects.
To meet this industry demand, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is launching a new Master’s degree in Infrastructure Engineering and Management (MIEM). Offered jointly with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), MIEM is a multidisciplinary programme which includes modules on all modes of transport infrastructure systems (air, land and water), urban infrastructure system planning, as well as design of industrial parks and residential estates, water supply and wastewater systems. Telecommunications and power supply networks will also be covered.
Offered initially on a full-time basis, the 18-month programme comprises three semesters. Students will spend one semester each at NTU and IITB. The lessons will be taught by faculty members from NTU and IITB. For the third semester, students are required to undertake an industry-related project that is jointly supervised by NTU/IITB faculty and industry partners.
During the course, industry professionals will be invited as guest lecturers to present and discuss case studies of actual infrastructure projects with students.
There has been an increasing demand for infrastructure engineers with management and technical expertise, especially in rapidly developing countries like China and India, and in ASEAN and the Middle East. In Singapore, with the Government expanding and accelerating the infrastructure spending, the need for skilled engineers is expected to increase as well.
“We are very happy to offer the Master’s programme with IITB under NTU’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. IITB is recognised as one of the centres of academic excellence in India, and one of the best institutes in science and technology in Asia. The launch of this programme is timely as it is uniquely tailored to groom a pool of infrastructure engineers who can innovatively use technologies and management skills to support and grow the economy. I am confident that students who graduate from MIEM will have excellent employment prospects and will be equipped with the prerequisite skills to supervise large-scale infrastructure projects,” says Associate Professor Edmond Lo, Chair, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTU.
The course will commence in August 2010 with an initial cohort of 15 students.
The launch-cum-briefing session for MIEM will be held on Saturday, 31 October 2009, 9.00am at the Marina Mandarin Singapore. Those who are interested to find out more information about this joint master’s programme are invited to attend this briefing session.
For more information, visit www3.ntu.edu.sg/CEE/MIEM/index.htm
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