Masters of construction backed by Laing O'Rourke and Imperial

A new venture between a university and a construction firm aims to boost research and teaching in the field of construction, encompassing mechanical and electrical engineering, building services and manufacturing systems.

Among the innovations at the Laing O’Rourke Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation at Imperial College, London, is a two-year, part-time Masters course in Systems Engineering, to be launched in October next year “to transform the thinking, practices and performance of construction industry professionals through the teaching and adoption of world class process systems engineering and innovation in science”.

Masters students will be asked to consider how their subject affects society, technology, economics, environmental policy and their own relationships.

At the launch this week, Laing O’Rourke’s chairman and chief executive Ray O’Rourke said: “There is no doubt that we are facing a serious skills shortage in all aspects of engineering.  To address this crisis I believe the levels of co-operation between industry and academia must radically increase.  We must join forces to find productive ways to develop the next generation of engineering pioneers, providing them with the skills to be able to tackle the complex social, economic and environmental challenges facing the planet. I’m keen that we imbue this Centre of Excellence with a sense of wonder in engineering, and an understanding within students that it will be engineers that deliver the solutions we need."

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