Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Engineering Applications Reach Record Numbers

Media release
The University of Auckland
22 February 2013


Engineering Applications Reach Record Numbers At The University Of Auckland

The University of Auckland has received a record 2,283 applications to its Bachelor of Engineering programme, a rise of nine percent from this time last year. This is a trend which has seen the number of undergraduate Engineering students go from 2,213 five years ago to 2,730 expected in 2013.

The high level of interest in Engineering has been matched with an increase in standards and students obtaining marks above the University’s guaranteed entry threshold. The growth has also seen a record 118 Engineering places offered to Māori and Pacific students, and coincides with an all-time high in the number of new women Engineering students. Early indications are that 180 women will enrol in the first year of the University’s Engineering programme - a nearly 20 percent rise from the 151 students in 2012.

“Nearly 800 new students will enter the University’s Engineering programme this year and the growth in applications reflects, in part, our commitment to reaching out to students who would not normally consider Engineering as an option,” says Acting Dean of Engineering, Professor Gordon Mallinson.

“The strong demand in Engineering will easily fill the additional 150 places funded by government this year, and will ensure that the country produces the high-calibre engineers it needs.”

To help support the expansion, the University is embarking on a $200 million upgrade of its engineering facilities including construction of a new research facility to cater for its roughly 3,700 undergraduate and postgraduate Engineering students.

University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon says: “In addition to Engineering, enrolments are looking particularly strong in the faculties of Medical and Health Sciences, and Science. These are in line with the government strategy to promote the STEM subjects as drivers of economic development.

“Since we limit entry to our programmes, this does not mean that we will necessarily have higher numbers at the end of the enrolment period, but it does mean that we continue to experience strong demand for access to our comprehensive research University.”

Applicants from out of Auckland have increased by six percent over 2012 and account for 32 percent of all Engineering applications. The three biggest regions supplying applicants are Waikato, Wellington and Bay of Plenty.

The Faculty of Engineering is ranked alongside the best Engineering schools in Australasia and is 68th in the QS global rankings.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Music: Lorde NZ Tour Confirmed In Four Major Cities!

In what will be her first ever New Zealand headline tour, Frontier Touring and Brent Eccles Entertainment are stoked to bring you four epic shows across the country! The all ages concerts take place late October/ early November in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Poor Economics

A review of and excerpt from Jonathan Boston and Simon Chapple’s Child Poverty in New Zealand. Review by Marlene Ware. More>>

Head Count: Highest Population Growth Since 2003

The country’s population grew by 67,800 people, or 1.5 percent, in the year to 30 June 2014. This came from natural increase (births minus deaths) of 29,500 and net migration (arrivals minus departures) of 38,300. New Zealand's estimated resident population was 4.51 million at 30 June 2014. More>>

Fun-Enhancement: Research To Ensure Even Game For Less Skilled Players

A University of Canterbury engineering PhD student is researching sports, such as table tennis, to ensure closer games for both better and less skilled players. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news