Analysis of international graduate programmes structures for engineering education
Brabazon, Dermot and Naher, Sumsun and Karazi, Shadi and Murphy, Gary (2010) Analysis of international graduate programmes structures for engineering education. In: ISEE 2010 - 3rd International Symposium for Engineering Education, 30th June - 2nd July 2010, Cork, Ireland. ISBN 2009-3225
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This article traces the evolution of graduate study in Engineering in Ireland over three decades. Very few studies have shown the different norms and structures of graduate programmes in Ireland. In this paper, a review of traditional and structured PhD in terms of credit requirements and co-ordination structures is presented. The authors summarise the characteristics of graduate programmes in different universities in Ireland and compare these to those obtained in some of the leading international universities. The implementation of graduate programmes in Ireland is relatively recent and the structure of these programmes is still under development in the different universities. Plans for enhancement of graduate programs and the development of new initiatives to support graduate student academic and professional development are very important for the success of these programmes. The growth in enrolment reflects a broad diversity in background of students which will require not only increased financial resources but an adequate and sound organisational structure in order to move forward.
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