USQ recently hosted an inaugural meeting between construction students, Faculty of Engineering and Surveying staff and representatives of the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) at Springfield campus.
The meeting, aimed at discussing opportunities for future collaboration was attended by AIB’s National President Greg McLean, Queensland Chapter President John Gaskin, past Qld Chapter President and Chair of the USQ Construction Advisory Committee Bob Wildermuth and other committee members.
Director of Construction Management Studies Dr Vasantha Abeysekera said the meeting was an opportunity for both organisations to meet and discuss opportunities for future collaboration, particularly with the new Bachelor and Associate degrees in Construction.
'As an accrediting body for building and construction degrees at educational institutions and a body representing industry, the AIB is an important stakeholder for USQ,' Dr Abeysekera said.
'It is important we work collaboratively with industry as we educate the next generation of construction professionals.
'A number of opportunities were identified for future cooperation in relation to teaching, research and work integrated learning.
'In the future AIB will be considering a number of initiatives including widening the scope of AIB professionals to include civil construction owing to the strong trend towards integrated building and civil projects.'
AIB National President Greg McLean said students are the future and lifeblood of the construction industry.
'The AIB is firmly committed to assisting all stakeholders including education providers to insure students develop into influential leaders and contributors of the future,' Mr McLean said.
Mr Bob Wildermuth said AIB has traditionally strong ties with industry.
'Students can take advantage of these ties through membership of the AIB and can also continue with career long learning activities and networking after graduation,' he said.
'Tertiary study is only the tip of the iceberg for a successful and rewarding career in the construction industry.'
Both USQ and the AIB hope to hold further annual events in the future.
Jo-Ann Sparrow, USQ Media
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