Close collaboration with industry will benefit graduates of Master of Infrastructure Engineering and Management, as future industry leaders

Program Leader Dr Mehrdad Arashpour and Dr Yihai Fang, will be teaching in the revised Master of Infrastructure Engineering and Management

A few months ago we reported the Department of Civil Engineering was undertaking a systematic review of the Master of Infrastructure Engineering and Management (MIEM). This has progressed to the point where the Coursework Admissions Programs and Committee has approved the changes. Furthermore, the course now has an Industry Advisory Group to ensure it has maximum relevance to the industry it is serving.

Delivered completely online, the revised MIEM is designed to provide graduates the best education relevant to present and future issues in the infrastructure domain. The course will challenge students to consider infrastructure beyond the execution of a project and implement a strategic and balanced approach to infrastructure delivery, including integration with land-use planning and other human activities over the full life-cycle of the infrastructure. The new structure also offers students with a modern assessment strategy to better support online learning. Course content will include recorded videos and online discussion forums, weekly live webinars with lecturers and tutors to facilitate synchronous interactions with students.

At its first meeting in August, the MIEM Industry Advisory Committee discussed how the course content should empower future infrastructure managers to be better professionals and to have students consider real world project examples. These ideas will find their way into the course content that introduces two new core units; Infrastructure Information Management CIV5899 and Infrastructure Project CIV5889. Dr Mehrdad Arashpour, Program Leader of MIEM, says “there will be a stronger emphasis on management within every unit of the program with content directly relating to effectively engaging all stakeholders involved in a project, considering different types of risk at various stages of a project and integration with other disciplines such as land-use planning and resource planning”.

The Industry Advisory Group comprises eight industry leaders from public and private infrastructure engineering sectors. They will meet four times a year to ensure the MIEM students are involved in a course that is providing them with the knowledge and skills to make a difference to the engineering and management of infrastructure in Australia.

For anyone interested in the new-look Master of Infrastructure Engineering and Management starting in 2019, stay tuned via our Department Website, LinkedIn or Twitter channels.