Durham University’s Department of Engineering partners with the Institution of Engineering and Technology
(1 August 2018)
Durham University and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) have today signed a formal partnership, enabling Durham Engineering students to access a professional community of engineers and build stronger relationships with industry.
The Academic Partnership signing took place within the Department of Engineering on Tuesday 31 July. Professor Jon Gluyas, Dean of Knowledge Exchange and Executive Director of Durham Energy Institute (DEI), represented Durham University, whilst Nigel Fine, Chief Executive, represented the IET.
Benefits for students
Durham University is recognised as being one of the leading centres of research in engineering in the world. Engineering students, at both an Undergraduate and Postgraduate level, work on inter-disciplinary research challenges, with the aim of generating new insights into global challenges.
The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions, with a large international membership-base and a partnership community spanning industry, education and the Armed Forces. Becoming a member will give students at the University access to industry speakers and professional networks.
The partnership will further connect the University and its Engineering students to the SME community, facilitating many more research opportunities and practical engineering challenges.
Building relationships with industry
Professor Jon Gluyas, Dean of Knowledge Exchange said: “This is a really exciting step for the Department of Engineering. The partnership will help to further strengthen the Department’s excellent track record in engineering research, facilitating greater links with industry and offering students the opportunities to develop their professional skills, alongside their academic research.”
Informing and inspiring engineers of the future
Nigel Fine, Chief Executive, the IET, said: “We are very proud to have Durham’s Department of Engineering on board as an Academic partner. At the IET, part of our mission is to inspire and inform the next generation of engineers. We aim to bring people together, enabling and developing networks of professionals from different engineering disciplines.”
“We know that these ambitions are closely shared by Durham University – we both want to improve the quality of life around us, develop skilled individuals, and promote and share knowledge.”
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