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Chinese TEFL academics' perceptions about research: An institutional case study

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  • 130300 Specialist Studies In Education
  • Academic Work
  • Chinese Higher Education
  • Qualitative Research
  • Research Capacity Building
  • Tefl Academics
  • Design
  • Education
  • Engineering


SUSTAINABLE POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION FOR THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY INDUSTRY SUSTAINABLE POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION FOR THE ELECTRICITY SUPPLY INDUSTRY D.Birtwhistle School of Electrical and Electronic Systems Engineering Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Abstract There is an increasing demand for postgraduate education of electrical power engineers throughout Australia but the education needs to be targeted towards helping students to become skilled at those activities that will add value to employing organizations. This paper describes how QUT have a successfully used the competency method to design a flexible postgraduate industry-oriented coursework program for the electricity supply industry. 1. INTRODUCTION Currently the Australian electricity supply industry is facing a severe shortage of qualified electrical engineers and technicians. To overcome shortages many companies are starting to recruit significant numbers of new graduates after more than a decade of very limited graduate recruitment. Shortages of experienced engineers are affecting the capacity of companies to conduct training of their new and existing staff throughout Australia there is a strong demand for training of electricity supply engineers which is at present largely unfulfilled. The lack of relevant training makes redeployment of staff more difficult and increases time for engineering staff to become proficient in new roles. The Postgraduate Electricity Supply Training Courses (PESTC) of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) are an innovative, fully-articulated program of Continuing Professional Education units and Award Courses that was developed in close cooperation with transmission and distribution companies in anticipation of the situation that is now developing. Techniques adapted in designing the PEST syllabi to ensure relevance of education to industry are unique in higher engineering education in Australia. Methods of delivery

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