Published on 17 June 2013
Future engineers and scientists whose careers will involve ensuring continued quality water supply and sewerage services for the region are set to benefit from an agreement signed today by Unitywater and the University of the Sunshine Coast.
A Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations will see Unitywater provide a range of measures to support USC students who are studying degrees that could lead to employment in the water industry.
These include a new Unitywater Scholarship in Engineering starting this year, paid vacation work and an entry pathway into Unitywater’s Graduate Program.
USC and Unitywater will also work together to identify innovative science and engineering research projects that could help further improve efficiency and environmental sustainability of Unitywater’s operations.
“This agreement reflects the mutual benefits between the University, which educates engineers and scientists of the future, and Unitywater, which requires their talent to continue providing quality water supply and sewerage services to this growing region,” said Unitywater CEO George Theo.
“Each of the programs we are undertaking with the University provides these students with a great head start to their careers through relevant industry experience in which they can apply their knowledge and skill.
“Unitywater’s water and sewerage networks need the right mix of expertise, not only to operate them today, but to plan for the future.”
Mr Theo said the first Unitywater Scholarship in Engineering will be presented on 22 August, providing $5,000 a year to a USC Civil Engineering student majoring in Environment and Water during his/her third and fourth years of study.
USC’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the partnership would lead to some great teaching, research and engagement projects.
“We’ve also committed to exploring other opportunities to include new disciplines and mutually beneficial educational programs to promote and support both organisations,” he said.
— Terry Walsh