Friday, December 7, 2007

RTA Engineering scholarships for rural and regional students

Twenty people in rural and regional NSW will have the chance of winning a scholarship fully funded by the RTA to study engineering at UTS next year.

Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal said the RTA had committed over $1 million dollars to the scholarships.

“These scholarships are about encouraging more young people to enter the engineering profession.

“They will also help to address the current shortage of civil engineers, which is particularly acute in regional areas.

“The scholarships, worth $50,000 each, will cover the full cost of a Bachelor of Engineering and Diploma in Engineering Practice at UTS.

“Scholarship holders will undertake their industry placements with the RTA and will be encouraged to do the work in a regional centre or rural area – in their home district if they choose,” Mr Roozendaal said.

The scholarships will be offered for two majors, Civil and Civil and Environmental.

UTS Dean of Engineering Professor Archie Johnston said the initiative had “in one go” significantly increased the number of cooperative scholarship places the Faculty of Engineering could offer for next year.

“UTS has a long-standing relationship with the RTA as an industry partner – the RTA and Railcorp NSW are the two biggest employers of UTS engineering graduates,” Professor Johnston said.

“The Authority should be congratulated for making such a positive decision in investing in engineering education – it addresses a skills shortage issue in a way that will deliver practical results for regional communities.”

For further information or an application form contact UTS Engineering 02 9514 2666.

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