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Massey University Preparing Graduates with Tech

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Innovation in integrating the fields with technology does not only come from private companies. In fact, it also appears in educational institutions. For instance, Massey University has embarked on a new development of its programmes to integrate with digital technology, marking the strategic response to the changing landscape of various industries to navigate a technology-driven environment.

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Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa Massey University is gearing up to propel the Aotearoa New Zealand construction sector into the digital age with its newly launched Bachelor of Construction (Honours) programme. As the global construction industry surges towards a projected US$ 25 trillion by 2030, the university recognises the critical role of technology in this sector, positioning itself to nurture professionals capable of navigating the evolving landscape.

Head of the School of Built Environment (SBE), Professor Monty Sutrisna, emphasises the programme’s commitment to fortifying the New Zealand construction industry by providing advanced education and upskilling opportunities. In an era of accelerated globalisation, this tertiary qualification aims to give degree holders a competitive edge, enabling them to access diverse opportunities in national and multinational construction corporations.

What sets this Bachelor of Construction (Honours) programme apart is its strategic integration of digital technology. Aligned with the university’s vision of fostering connections and capability development, the programme incorporates emerging technologies such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and robotics in construction practices. This forward-looking approach equips graduates with the skills required to lead in an industry that is rapidly embracing digital transformation.

The programme is fully accredited by the Association of Building Professionals in Australia. It is designed not only to impart leadership, teamwork, and critical thinking skills but also to instil an understanding of the pivotal role technology plays in shaping the future of construction. By offering flexibility in the form of an honours study programme, students can collaborate with construction companies, engaging in real-world research to address practical challenges within the industry.

Professor Sutrisna underscored the practical benefits of this collaborative model, especially for students already employed in the construction sector. The outcomes of their research studies directly contribute to improving practices within the industry, fostering a culture of continuous innovation and addressing the evolving needs of the sector.

This initiative aligns with the university’s strategy of strengthening pathways for students to connect with key stakeholders, enabling capability development to adapt to a changing world and contribute meaningfully to New Zealand and the world. By embracing digital technologies, Massey University’s School of Built Environment positions itself as a hub for cutting-edge education, leveraging dynamic and interactive teaching methods, case studies, industry expert speakers, and hands-on projects to create a world-class learning environment.

The Bachelor of Construction (Honours) programme is a testament to Massey University’s commitment to staying at the forefront of educational excellence in the construction domain. As the construction industry becomes increasingly tech-driven, this programme ensures that graduates are not only well-versed in traditional construction practices but also equipped with the digital skills necessary to lead innovation and contribute to the industry’s future evolution.

For individuals who are interested in exploring the intersection of construction and technology, they will provide the open house on the webinar that will be held in February 2024, providing an opportunity to delve deeper into the programme and address any queries about this initiative.

Massey University’s Bachelor of Construction (Honours) programme stands as a testament to the transformative power of education in preparing the construction industry for the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital era. Graduates of this programme are well-positioned to become leaders and innovators, driving positive change in the construction sector and contributing to building a better environment.


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