The past year has been productive for the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT).
As 2022 draws to a close, we are reflecting on some of our achievements and plans for 2023 and beyond.
The year 2022 was indeed special, despite some of the challenges that the previous year presented. With the global COVID-19 pandemic restrictions finally eased, a shared sense of hope, possibility, and new beginnings came.
There’s no denying that the world has changed on many fronts — including how we socialize, work, and even study. As a demonstration of the sheer resilience and adaptability of the human spirit, many of us came up with new and creative ways of pushing on with work and life as usual. And this was no different for EIT, our students, and our staff.
Even at the tail-end of 2021, our collective determination had already yielded a notable accolade as EIT snagged the Australian International Education and Training gong at the Australian Export Awards. None of this would have been possible without our established online learning platform, passionate staff, and outstanding students in Australia and worldwide.
More courses recognized by International Engineering Alliance
In addition to the existing list of programs recognized via engineering accords, an accreditation success involved Engineers Australia’s tick of approval for another two EIT programs under the Dublin Accord and another two under the Washington Accord:
This past year also saw our research efforts rewarded due to our academic staff and student collaboration; we published 24 papers.
Positive Student Numbers and Graduation
Our institution has grown an exciting student body. As the year rolled in, welcoming all new international students to our campuses in Perth and Melbourne was heartwarming. Our students' numbers for 2022 were very positive:
66 on-campus students started in 2022 with 59 starting in February 2023
636 online higher education students started with EIT in 2022 with another 203 students joining us in February 2023
Students enrolled in 2022 Higher Education courses came from 84 countries.
2,000 vocational students started with EIT - from 83 countries.
To celebrate our incredible students worldwide, we held our first in-person and live-streamed graduation ceremony in Perth after a three-year hiatus due to strict yet much-needed COVID guidelines. And what better venue to honor our graduates than the Optus Stadium, one of Perth’s own engineering marvels. With 183 students physically attending the ceremony, some flying in from 19 countries, and another 100 live-streaming the event, it was a day to remember.
We Welcomed Back Face-to-Face Conferences
After a few years of no face-to-face gatherings, the past year also witnessed a couple of well-attended in-person conferences in collaboration with our sister company, IDC Technologies. For starters, the IDC Earthing Conference Birmingham 2022 in May again saw EIT staff come together to support IDC Technologies in the UK.
The IDC High Voltage Conference followed this in Melbourne from 28 to 29 September, created for those working with high voltage systems in the mining, industrial plants, and oil and gas utility industries.
If you missed it, this year’s EIT Doctor of Engineering (DEng) Conference was also more robust. It showcased many more research topics presented by students and principal supervisors who are also international research leaders.
And, of course, bringing the year to a close was our inaugural LearnTech Conference & Exhibition that took place in Perth on 20 November 2022. With technology becoming an essential and exciting part of the student experience, LearnTech brought together leading thinkers and educators and offered practical approaches to training and education for the modern economy. The hugely successful event included ten expert speakers, an exhibition, product demonstrations, and a panel discussion.
And, on the topic of hydrogen, alongside other new professional certificate courses for 2023, our Professional Certificate in Hydrogen was launched late this year. EIT is determined to work with industry and global communities to tackle sustainable development through education and training. We know that hyper-automation, sustainable energy, cybersecurity, supply chain management, and space technology are trending topics, and they are on our radar too.
Hydrogen energy short course designed for engineers and professionals interested in working within the developing Hydrogen Industry. The course covers Hydrogen production methods with an emphasis on electrolysis, Hydrogen storage methods and technologies, and the process of electrical energy generation from hydrogen by using fuel cell technology. Learn more
EIT’s heartbeat has always been education. The past year provided many opportunities for budding engineers to join the ranks thanks to a range of services and all the courses and qualifications at EIT.
The year of higher education short courses (Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates) supported by the Australian Government. EIT ran 36 short courses with 384 students who enrolled. The most popular ones were:
It is no secret that EIT hosts a range of interactive events and webinars across a broad spectrum of topics and disciplines. This past year was jampacked with discussions ranging from Hydrogen Production to Industrial Automation, Practical Engineering for the Future, and much more. Although spoilt for choice, some of our most popular webinars included:
Hydrogen Production, Storage, and Application for a Sustainable Future, with 1,920 registrations.
Industry 5.0 & Sustainability - Panel Discussion (World Engineering Day), with 1,805 registrations.
Voltage, Stability, and Islanding Control in Microgrids, with 1,447 registrations.
Industrial Automation, Industry 4.0, and Smart Factories, with 1,410 registrations.
An Introduction to Calibration – Temperature Sensors, with 1,245 registrations.
First Virtual Open Day obtained 2.5k+ registrations and 1.5k+ views between all the video recordings on YouTube.
Panel Discussion on Industry 5.0 & Sustainability presented by EIT academics, with 1805 registrations and 300 in-person attendees.
Engineering seminar “Practical Engineering for the Future - using Automation and Renewables as the Key Drivers” delivered by Dr. Steve Mackay (EIT Dean of Engineering) in Midrand and Cape Town, South Africa.
In 2023, we look forward to building on growth, and our Perth teams look forward to moving to EIT’s new HQ. EIT In Victoria has moved to a new campus in Flinders Lane, in Melbourne. We will work hard during 2023 to gain Degree Awarding Powers in the UK.
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