Linking engineering education with industry has been a basic aim of educators almost from the beginning of modern degree programmes. In the USA, reference is often made to ‘co-operative education’, where students spend periods in industry within the duration of their stay in a university. Indeed City University is regarded as a pioneer of sandwich education, another name for co-operative education, in the UK. The paper examines various factors and constraints which relate to successful integration of education and practice within a degree programme. The paper covers the role of professional institutions, through accreditation bodies. Collaboration between industry and universities is discussed in the context of funded research and transfer knowledge gained from recent research to industry.
Civil engineering education; civil engineering research; Industry