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University of Strathclyde

Case study

“A leading international technological university"

University: University of Strathclyde

Partnership/Sector: IET Power Academy

Author: Dr Graeme West

Location: Scotland

Introduction to the university and what engineering courses it offers.

The University of Strathclyde is a leading international technological university. Its Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering offers accredited BEng & MEng degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and Computer and Electronic Systems, with options for overseas study.

Describe your partnership/your links in industry

Strathclyde is one of the founding members of the IET Power Academy, a partnership between the IET, the Power Industry and Academia. The Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering is the only department in Scotland included in the Power Academy.

How do students benefit?

The students receive a generous bursary, paid 8-10 week company based summer placement, access to an industrial mentor and participation in the annual Power Academy Summer Conference. This provides real-world context for the material studied as part of the undergraduate degree, as well as valuable insights into an engineering profession.

How does the university benefit?

The university benefits by delivering the much-needed high quality graduates into the power industry, ensuring that the education it is providing is meaningful and relevant to modern industry. By association with producing the engineering leaders of the future, the university continues to deliver on its reputation as a “place of useful learning”.

How do you feel this will improve the industry in the long-run?

The power industry needs high-quality, numerate graduates with strong leadership, team-working, technical, problem-solving and communication skills which the engineering degrees at Strathclyde provide. There are huge challenges in the modern world surrounding the secure supply of cheap, environmentally friendly energy and it’s the next generation of electrical engineers who will deliver this.


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