University education for construction professionals is currently facing enormous challenges. In addition to the current global financial crisis there are increased pressures from within universities as well as from industry and institutions accrediting Construction education. An Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) grant has provided an opportunity to review Construction education in Australia. The project investigated issues via an online survey of full-time academic construction education staff, and face-to-face interviews and focus groups with staff and students. This paper explores the issues and opportunities identified in these investigations. It highlights some of the challenges construction disciplines face, such as diversity of the curricula, academic staff workload, gaps between industry and academia knowledge and students work demands. It also identifies important changes needed, including exploiting work integrated learning, and communication between academia and industry to improve necessary links between the two and ultimately the future of teaching and learning in the disciplines.
All Ireland Symposium on Built Environment Education (AISBEE). Proceedings of the All Ireland Symposium on Built Environment Education (Belfast, Ireland 22 January, 2010 )