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Aston agrees delivery of MSc Professional Engineering in Angola

Back Row left to right: Sarah Davies (Assistant Registrar), Prof John Fletcher (Associate Dean, External Relations), Bill Glew (Programme Director), Prof Robert Berry (Executive Dean, EAS), Roger O’Loughlin (Engineering Council Board Member). Middle Row left to right: Carol Winder (Partnerships Team Leader), Dr Ted Elsworth (Associate Dean, Postgraduate Taught Programmes), Dr Xianghong Ma (Lecturer Engineering Systems Management). Front Row left to right: Paul Rodgers (BP Organisational Capability Manager), Prof Helen Higson (Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor)

Following a pilot programme involving four students, the University has formally agreed the long term delivery of the MSc Professional Engineering in Angola with BP Angola. 

The signing and exchange of contracts took place on Tuesday 18 January between Prof Helen Higson, Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor, and Paul Rodgers, BP Organisational Capability Manager. Other representatives from BP included Eric Jones, BP Engineering Coach, and Irene Elwin, BP Operations Development and Deployment Lead. The Engineering Council was represented by their Higher Education Executive, Neela Lubojacky.

The MSc Professional Engineering is a work based distance learning programme which is designed to enable working engineers to combine  academic studies at master’s level with the demonstration of the competences needed to obtain Chartered Engineer status and it conforms to the requirements of the UK’s Engineering Council guidance for this type of programme.

Whilst undertaking their real work based projects, demonstrating and ability to integrate a high level of technical and appropriate theoretical underpinning, the engineers on the programme are mentored by both academic and professional supervisors, who visit them regularly in their workplace. This innovative approach to executive engineering education builds on the skills and reputation of the University, and at the same time opens up a whole new range of employer engagement opportunities, not just in the UK but worldwide. The structure of the programme makes it very valuable to both engineers and employers particularly in challenging economic times.

The pilot international programme with BP is aimed at their Engineering Challenge graduates and the numbers enrolled have more than doubled, with their institution membership spanning IET, IMechE and IChemE. 

Bill Glew, MSc Professional Engineering Programme Director told Aspects what the future plans involved: "We are planning to have up to 20 Angolan students enrolled by April and we have just started a second programme for BP in Indonesia; these will be followed by more new programmes in other countries and industries during the coming academic year."

For further information, please contact Bill Glew on ext 3926 or Carol Winder, EAS Partnerships Team Leader on ext 3555.

Words by Carol Winder

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