Aussie fire safety course scoops top award

Date: 20/05/2002

An innovative, groundbreaking course in fire safety engineering has been awarded the prestigious 'Professional Excellence Award' from the Australian Institute of Building, NSW Chapter.

The two-year Masters in Fire Safety Engineering program is offered by the University of Western Sydney's School of Construction, Property and Planning in collaboration with Singapore's building control authority, the Civil Defence Authority, and attracts professionally qualified engineers and architects in Singapore.

Aussie know-how is used to deliver a program for Singapore professionals on how to assess, evaluate and design safe buildings, which minimize the risks of fire.

The UWS course scooped the top award because 'it represents an innovative approach through the subcontracting of some teaching responsibilities to practitioners from both Australia and Singapore, who have the necessary expertise to develop and deliver the teaching program which is offered in a manner to suit students who are working professionals'.

"Fire safety engineering is a relatively new discipline with few world class experts available to teach. Our approach has been to identify the top practitioners in the field and design a program that taps into this expertise and is offered by a form of distance education that enables the students to continue in employment while studying," said Head of School at UWS, Associate Professor Graham Miller.

As a result of the success of the Masters program, the Singapore Civil Defense Authority is now negotiating with UWS to deliver an undergraduate program in Fire Safety Engineering in Singapore.

For more information contact:

Michael Wynn-Jones
Course Coordinator
Tel: +61 (2)9852 4313

Mikael Kjaerbye
UWS Media Manager
Tel: +61 (2)9678 7418
Mob: 0405 356 021