UCD president to outline challenges for 21st-century engineering education
06 May 2015
The 2015 UCD Engineering Graduates Association Annual Spring Lecture on ‘Challenges for Engineering Education in the 21st Century’ will be given by Prof Andrew Deeks, president of UCD and chartered engineer.
Prof Deeks was born in the UK, but his family emigrated to Perth when he was six. He was educated at the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he received a first-class honours degree in civil engineering in 1984. After completing his master’s, he worked in industry before returning to UWA to pursue his PhD and an academic career. He became highly respected for his research work in structural mechanics, structural dynamics and dynamic soil structure interaction. His strong commitment to students is acknowledged in the number of prizes and awards he holds for teaching excellence and innovation in teaching,
Prof Deeks became head of the Civil and Resource Engineering School in 2004, creating a new model for industry involvement, significantly improving the student experience and doubling student numbers. In 2009, he returned to the UK as Pro Vice Chancellor at Durham University, which is ranked fifth in UK rankings and in the top 100 universities in QS World and Times Higher Education rankings. In this role, he led the university’s global presence strategy and extensive international partnerships, particularly in China and Brazil.
As UCD President, Prof Deeks is walking in the footsteps of UCD’s founder, John Henry Newman, who was also a noted educationalist and author of ‘Idea of a University’. According to his inaugural address and new UCD Strategy 2015-2020, his mission is for UCD “to flourish in Ireland and in the world through the excellence and impact of our research and scholarship”.
Calling for increased and or alternative funding for third-level education, he stated, “It would take courage for Irish political leaders to trust and empower universities to build and develop to keep pace with the best in the world – but the more we’re empowered, the more we can contribute.”
Prof Andrew Deeks’ address, ‘Challenges for Engineering Education in the 21st Century’, will be held on 13 May at 7.00pm in the Sutherland School of Law, UCD.http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2015/05/06/ucd-president-outline-challenges-21st-century-engineering-education/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Prof-Andrew-Deeks-1024x637.jpghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Prof-Andrew-Deeks-300x300.jpgNewseducation,UCD