Updating the University of Canterbury Forest Engineering Programme

Authors: Rien Visser
Publication: New Zealand Journal of Forestry, Volume N.Z.J.For. 2010, Issue N.Z.J.For. 55(3) 2010, pp 2, Nov 2010
Publisher: New Zealand Institute of Forestry

Abstract: Just three years ago the Forest Engineering programme was in a vulnerable position with low student numbers and the imminent retirement of the very long serving Ron O'Reilly. However, the School of Forestry Advisory Board and School of Forestry leadership continued to see a strong future, not only in the opportunities but also the skills that our forest engineering graduates could bring to the NZ forest industry. Ensuring a continued success of the programme included the hiring of an assistant lecturer (Simon Fairbrother - doing his PhD at the same time), myself into the Director of Studies role, and a strong effort across all staff to promote the programme. This year's intake into the 1st Professional year was 17 students, which is in stark contrast to just three graduating students this year.
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