Delegates representing leading US engineering courses are visiting Charles Sturt University (CSU) to see the quiet revolution taking place about how to educate engineers for the 21st century.
Visitors from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Minnesota Institute for Engineering are looking at how CSU student engineers are grappling with real-world problems from the start of their course.
Next week, Dr Ruth Graham from MIT will visit CSU on behalf of the world-leading university to study and report on CSU's engineering course.
Dr Graham leads an MIT study that aims to provide an overview of the world's leading engineering education programs, with the CSU degree the only Australian example chosen for the study. The MIT study is due for completion later this year.
Foundation Professor of Engineering at CSU, Euan Lindsay, said "Having the world's number one engineering school coming to learn from our model is a validation of our vision for the course.
[Professor Lindsay and industry collaborators describe what makes the CSU engineering course so different.]
"Starting from scratch gave us a unique opportunity to build a 21st century program to educate 21st century engineers, who have the social and entrepreneurial skills to go with their technical capabilities, and who are committed to engineering as a discipline centred on people.
[Professor Lindsay shows how the CSU engineering course works.]
Dr Graham's visit coincides with the week-long EngFest 2017 event to run on CSU in Bathurst from Tuesday 6 to Friday 9 June. The program includes activities for local engineering firms, high school students and teachers and current student engineers in the CSU course.
[Engineering students say why they are enrolled in the CSU course.]
"We're very proud of the way our first cohorts of student engineers are already contributing to their communities," Professor Lindsay said.
"We're also very pleased with the way that industry has come on board with our cadetship program. I think it is the same qualities that have attracted them that have also drawn the attention of a world leader such as MIT."