Study engineering in New Zealand

New Zealand has a number of institutions offering top-quality IPENZ-accredited engineering programmes.

New Zealand is a developed, democratic and, compared to most of the world, remote country.

It has a population of approximately four million people living in an area 15% larger than the UK. The New Zealand economy and international trade is based on a diverse range of raw and value-added primary products, a vigorous niche manufacturing sector and a growing service sector and tourism.

New Zealand has over 400,000 students enrolled in tertiary education, of which about 140,000 are university students and about 6,500 are studying for degrees in engineering and related technologies.

Study engineering in new zealand

“New Zealand is entering into a major period of infrastructure renewal and redevelopment and, as is consistent with a vibrant economy, there is a shortage of skilled and experienced engineers of all categories. Each year about 800 students graduate from professional engineering programmes”

New Zealand has eight universities, six of which offer professional engineering (four year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)) programmes.  The University of Auckland and the University of Canterbury have the largest engineering schools and offer programmes across all of the traditional engineering disciplines.

These two universities are responsible for the majority of professional engineering graduates, but the University of Waikato, Auckland University of Technology and Victoria University of Wellington have engineering schools that are developing and expanding, while Massey University also has an established engineering school that operates across two campuses and focuses on manufacturing and industrial engineering to support the productive sector.

New Zealand also has sixteen Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs), most of which offer engineering technologist or engineering technician education programmes.

New Zealand is entering into a major period of infrastructure renewal and redevelopment and, as is consistent with a vibrant economy, there is a shortage of skilled and experienced engineers of all categories. Each year about 1500 students graduate from tertiary engineering programmes.

Qualifications for an international marketplace

Engineering education programmes in New Zealand are subject to general quality assurance requirements as a precondition of government funding. Tertiary institutions offering engineering programmes also choose to seek and maintain accreditation from the national professional body, The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) - www.ipenz.nz

IPENZ accreditation provides graduates from Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) programmes with international recognition through the Washington Accord, a multilateral agreement established in 1989. IPENZ is a founding signatory to the agreement and other jurisdictions currently covered by the Accord are Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong China, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Turkey, the USA and the UK.

IPENZ also accredits three-year Bachelor of Engineering Technology degrees and the two-year New Zealand Diploma in Engineering to standards benchmarked internationally through the Sydney and Dublin Accords. Other signatories to these agreements are currently Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei (Sydney Accord only), Hong Kong China (Sydney Accord only), Ireland, Korea, South Africa, the USA and the UK.

Graduates from IPENZ-accredited programmes benefit from gaining a qualification that is benchmarked to international standards and recognised internationally.

A current listing of IPENZ-accredited professional engineering and engineering technology degrees, with links to the tertiary institutions that offer them, can be found on the IPENZ website at - www.ipenz.nz/

Written by Brett Williams (2016)
General Manager Professional Standards
IPENZ

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