Engineering education in China and Australia: addressing the demand-supply gap

Ku, Siu Lung Harry and Wen, Peng and Xiang, Wei (2010) Engineering education in China and Australia: addressing the demand-supply gap. Hong Kong Institution of Engineers Transactions, 17 (2). pp. 20-26. ISSN 1023-697X


Australia’s recent mining boom has mainly been created by China’s need for minerals. A large number of migrant engineers move to Australia from China, Australia’s largest trading partner, if China’s Special Administration Region, Hong Kong is taken into account. Education is Australia’s third largest export and China is the largest source of Australian international students (the number in 2008 was 12,770). Higher education including engineering education is an important source of income to Australians. On account of the above ground, international students from China, particularly engineering ones, are important to Australia. It can be argued that comparing and contrasting engineering education in China and Australia is critical in determining the extent that engineers from China can help reduce the skill shortages in the engineering workforce in Australia.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2010 05:45
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2014 04:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: China; Australia; engineering education; professional engineers; engineering technologists; Bachelor of Engineering; Bachelor of Engineering Technology; associate degree; Doctor of Philosophy; engineering doctorate
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939908 Workforce Transition and Employment

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