[ASC-media] ATSE media release

Bill Mackey BillM at atse.org.au
Tue Aug 29 07:19:04 CEST 2006


The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)

ATSE is an independent body of eminent Australian engineers and
scientists established to

promote the application of scientific and engineering knowledge to
practical purposes




29 August 2006


ATSE and Engineers Australia sign MoU


The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE)
and Engineers Australia plan to work more closely together to advance
the development of better public policy in relation to engineering and
technology issues.


Education will be a key focus, with the two bodies agreeing to advance
professional engineering education; to promote science, engineering and
technology subjects at primary, secondary and tertiary levels; and to
increase teacher training of science, engineering and technology. 


They have also agreed, where appropriate, to consult and collaborate on
joint submissions and responses to government policies and initiatives;
seminars or workshops - and preparation of reports - on matters of
mutual interest or concern.


Mr Peter Cockbain FIEAust CPEng, President of Engineers Australia, and
Dr John W Zillman AO FAA FTSE, President of ATSE, have signed a new
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to give effect to these agreements.
This replaces the previous MoU, signed in 2000, which superseded an
earlier agreement dating from 1986.


Mr Cockbain said "While our education system needs a shift in focus to
'make-ready' students for technologists and engineering careers, there
is also scope for close collaboration between ATSE and Engineers
Australia for the other national interest issues of the nuclear energy
review and national water crisis."


Dr Zillman said "I believe we now have the opportunity to focus and
expand substantially our cooperation on critical national issues,
including water recycling, energy policy, infrastructure, natural
resources development and national security - as well as in the
critically important area of engineering education."


The MoU will see cooperation enhanced by a program of meetings between
both Presidents and the CEOs and senior staff of both organisations, to
upgrade the long-established informal cooperation between them.


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Bill Mackey
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