Hands-on training program brings Masters modules and field trips to Yellow River Engineering Consulting Company
Following the successful delivery of three AusAID Australian Leadership Award Fellowship programs to the Yellow River Conservancy Commission (YRCC), IWC was approached to design and deliver a professional development program for YRCC's consulting branch, the YREC. The YREC is an international consulting company undertaking a range of infrastructure design and management projects worldwide.
Training modules from IWC’s Masters of Integrated Water Management (MIWM) have been tailored to assist the YREC with professional development. Targeted course work will broaden their expertise beyond the technical aspects of engineering by focusing on integrated water management, business skills and stakeholder engagement.
Education Manager and Senior IWC lecturer, Dr Brian McIntosh, led the group through a week-long introduction to Integrated Water Management, including a field trip to Maleny in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland to meet with local landholders about their role in catchment management. The group also travelled to Hinze Dam in the Gold Coast Hinterland, where they met with the Yugambeh people and Seqwater to gain both an indigenous and technical perspective on catchment management.
Ms Shao Ying, leader of the YREC group, said that the dramatic improvement of English language skills has been of significant value to the participants. She noted that, ‘during the negotiation and the integrated water management courses, I have obtained some new ideas to apply to YREC as a business person and as a manager, not just as a designer.'
The group has found some time for sight-seeing during their stay in Australia, with some travelling to the Gold Coast, Australia Zoo and as far as Cairns on the coast of north Queensland.
After completing integrated water management short courses as well as English language and business management modules, the group will conclude their stay in Australia with industry placements in the Australian Engineering sector.