Engineering Faculty news from the University of Newcastle

2010-08-05

 

As some of you may know, I have an association with the University of Newcastle, Australia, which has been working in partnership with African universities for a number of years.  Relations with South Africa and our universities have strengthened over the last year or so and are being supported by both governments through a process of re-engagement.

Consequently, we thought three recent developments in the Faculty of Engineering would be of interest to you:


As some of you may know, I have an association with the University of Newcastle, Australia, which has been working in partnership with African universities for a number of years.  Relations with South Africa and our universities have strengthened over the last year or so and are being supported by both governments through a process of re-engagement.

Consequently, we thought three recent developments in the Faculty of Engineering would be of interest to you:

  • The Australian government has allocated Aus$14.4 million for the Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering which will be hosted at the University of Newcastle.  It will focus on creating science-based tools for predicting the safety of off- and on-shore geostructures which will include, among others, oil and gas platforms and port facilities.
  • The opening the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources will bring together 300 energy and resource staff. The research programme will include, but is not limited to reduction of energy and water consumption as well as smarter and more efficient grids for distributed electricity generation.

  • Professor John Carter, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Engineering has been named one of Australia’s 100 most influential engineers for 2010.

You can download a copy of this newsletter and the full details, as released by the University of Newcastle if you click here.

Should you require more information or would like contact the University of Newcastle with regard to these developments, please get in touch with me.

Fiona Cameron-Brown
In-country representative:  Faculty of Education & Arts
University of Newcastle, Australia