New 2021 first year domestic undergrad numbers rising high

Monash Engineering welcomes a bumper increase in domestic engineering undergraduate students into the 2021 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) this week, enabled by the 88 additional undergraduate study places provided by the Federal Government and the strong career outcomes for Australian engineering graduates.

Total domestic engineering undergraduate enrolments rose approximately 36 per cent on 2020 figures. The new biomedical engineering specialisation has also experienced strong demand, potentially reflecting the new and urgent need for engineers to tackle challenging global health problems created by COVID-19.

As one of Australia’s leading engineering schools, ranked in the top 100 globally and celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2021, Monash Engineering is committed to delivering an outstanding educational experience to this significant number of new undergraduate students. These students will graduate fully capable and ready to bolster Australia’s economic growth, technological innovation and post-pandemic recovery.

This increased intake of new students will also contribute to arresting the declining supply of local engineers into our workforce identified in the latest figures from Engineers Australia, and mitigates some of the risk of Australia’s overall overdependence on skilled migration to fill workforce shortages.

Our 2021 cohort will also reap the benefits of our newest on-campus facilities, including the award-winning $16million Woodside Building for Technology and Design and dedicated multidisciplinary student design and build zone, the Monash Makerspace.

Given the strong graduate employment outcomes for engineers, our 2021 cohort can expect a 95.3 per cent labour force participation rate, entering the workforce with the advantage of participation in our Co-operative Education Program and high-performing student teams. Once they commence employment, they will also attract higher starting salaries than most other fields, with our female engineering graduates attracting higher graduate starting salaries than males.

Dean of Engineering Professor Elizabeth Croft is delighted by the significant jump in domestic undergraduate enrolments and is passionate about providing our newest recruits with a world-class engineering education. “Engineering students are bright, talented and motivated young people who can change the world with the knowledge and capabilities gained through an immersive student experience,” she said. “Technological innovation across our society and economy is driven by engineers, and we are proud to play a significant role in building Australia’s capability into the future.”