Developing our future leaders

15 August 2013

The University of Sydney has announced a new scholarship program aimed at developing future engineering leaders.

The University is partnering with a number of companies, including global engineering enterprise Laing O'Rourke, to deliver the first-of-its-kind scholarships in 2014.

This new program will provide undergraduate engineering students with a unique accelerated leadership pathway.

The enrichment scholarships will provide financial support over four years for the students and will include industry mentoring and an annual professional experiential program.

Laing O'Rourke's Australia Hub Chief Executive David Stewart said the company was extremely proud to be involved in such an innovative program.

"At Laing O'Rourke we are committed to supporting and inspiring the future leaders of our industry," Mr Stewart said.

"We believe these scholarships are the most valuable engineering undergraduate scholarships available in Australia and we are extremely proud to support to such an important initiative.

"The students will not only gain the relevant academic experience but they will also spend time working with us in the field allowing them to graduate with a much more developed sense of what leadership and engineering practice means in today's work environment."

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, Professor Archie Johnston says "The new scholarships support the University's endeavours to meet the future leadership needs of industry. Building on our successful advanced engineering program and re-engineered curriculum, the scholarships demonstrate our commitment to leadership in engineering education."

Designed in conjunction with industry, these engineering scholarships will fast-track our most talented students, providing them with business and leadership skills for the workplace.

The scholarships, valued at $72,000 over four years, will also enable the students the opportunity to work with the University's Design Researcher Professor Andy Dong, the Warren Centre's Chair in Engineering Innovation, and within the John Grill Centre for Project Leadership.

The scholarships are open now for study in 2014 and include other leading businesses such as Thomas Electronics of Australia and SMEC Australia Pty Ltd.

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