Civil Engineering Foundation
What is the Civil Engineering Foundation?
The Civil Engineering Foundation provides the opportunity for industry and the School of Civil Engineering to build a partnership to deliver world-class education and research.
Since 1968, leaders of the engineering profession and a wide cross section of organisations providing civil engineering technologies and expertise have worked with the Civil Engineering Foundation to support the teaching and research activities of the School of Civil Engineering. In return, they have had prefered access to internationally recognised academics and research staff and outstanding students to build their future business.
The Civil Engineering Foundation is also part of the faculty industry network, Engineering Sydney, which provides the framework for enhanced interaction between the engineering disciplines within the Faculty of Engineering & IT and the increasingly multi-disciplinary world of industry.
What are the objectives of the Civil Engineering Foundation?
The primary objective of the Foundation is to assist the Senate of the University of Sydney and the Vice-Chancellor on matters associated with under-graduate and post-graduate education and research in the field of civil engineering.
How are the objectives achieved?
The tasks of the Foundation are to provide a much needed channel for exchange of views and interaction of influences between the profession of the civil engineering industry and the School of Civil Engineering.
The Foundation also assists and advises in the conduct of research projects being carried out in the School. The Foundation fund raising complements the research projects by providing research scholarships, assisting with conferences, seminars and short courses involved in research and providing financial assistance to staff members and postgraduate students to attend overseas activities.
The Foundation is also instrumental in encouraging eminent speakers to attend the school to share their expertise with the postgraduate and teaching staff of the School.
Building a partnership between industry and academia – what does it mean?
For the school:
- financial resources to help expand its scholarship program to attract and retain talented students;
- human resources by way of industry’s input to its research and education program;
- industry exposure for students;
- enhanced research opportunities in conjunction with industry.
- facilitated access to high quality students, staff and researchers;
- opportunities to showcase organisations achievements;
- networking opportunities with other leading organisations in government, industry and the profession;
- forums for exchange of local and international expertise and discussion of topical issues.
Management of the Civil Engineering Foundation
The management of the Foundation is vested in the Foundation Council. The Council comprises of industry members who, dependant on their level of support of the Foundation, can be Governors or Members and ex-officio members from the University. The Council operates through an Executive Committee comprising of the Foundation President, Deputy President, Foundation Director, Deputy Director and the Foundation Officer. Each member of Council is appointed annually.
Attached are the Rules of the Civil Engineering Foundation as approved by the Senate and effective as of 1st April 2011. Also attached is the revised Governance Guide for the Foundation.
For general information about the governance of the University Foundations and up-to-date features that concern the Foundations, please go to http://sydney.edu.au/staff/leadership_strategy/ogc/foundations.shtml.
Advantages of being a Foundation Member
- Meeting regularly to exchange and promote ideas with other members equally pledged to support civil engineering education and research.
- Opportunity to determine the nature and extent of under-graduate and post-graduate education and research and the ability to influence the range and content of professional material in courses.
- Ability to encourage the initiation of research projects which they believe to be important to their company.
- Ability to promote and supervise thesis ideas with under-graduate students with the aim of employing them on a full time basis.
- Members have the assurance of ready access to civil engineering advice, guidance and advanced knowledge on projects being considered by the member company.
- Foundation discount on seminars, courses, consulting and research projects.
- Advantage of preferred joining with School on ARC Research Linkage Grants.
- Opportunity to join Foundation networking luncheons with allied members for forum on ideas, problems and solving solutions.
The Foundation is supported by annual subscriptions from its governors, members and by special donors.
|2013 Executive Committee|
|President||Mr Peter Thornton
|Deputy President||Dr Kourosh Kayvani
|Director||Prof Kim Rasmussen
School of Civil Engineering
Prof David Airey
|Foundation Officer||Mr Malcolm Boyd|
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