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Joint European masters awards in construction management and construction economics : a positive step for surveying education?

Wilkinson, Sara J. 2005, Joint European masters awards in construction management and construction economics : a positive step for surveying education?, in FIG Working Week 2005 and GSDI-8 (2005: Cairo, Egypt), [FIG], [Cairo, Egypt], pp. 1-15.

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Title Joint European masters awards in construction management and construction economics : a positive step for surveying education?
Author(s) Wilkinson, Sara J.
Conference name From Pharaohs to Geoinformatics
Conference location Cairo, Egypt
Conference dates 16 - 21 April 2005
Title of proceedings FIG Working Week 2005 and GSDI-8 (2005: Cairo, Egypt)
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2005
Conference series FIG Working Week
Start page 1
End page 15
Publisher [FIG]
Place of publication [Cairo, Egypt]
Keyword(s) surveying education
student exchanges
construction economics
construction management
joint European awards
Summary The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) 5th European Conference in November 2004 focussed on enhancing collaboration at master's level in real estate education across Europe. In a context of increased global economic activity and increasing ties within the EU, there are benefits to business and to students in offering this type of educational provision. But is this paradigm true for construction economics (CE) and construction management (CM)? This paper examined the potential for collaboration and joint European awards in CM and CE. There is a political will for collaboration in HE based on economic drivers for the growth of the EU and changes are being implemented to enhance transparency and mobility for students. Professional bodies are expanding their European presence. Globalisation has resulted in greater opportunities for international real estate, and construction and there is growth in these sectors for practitioners. The difficulties with joint European collaboration are short course duration and the need to cover extensive subject matter. Other barriers are university structures, quality assurance procedures, costs and finances issues as well as IT, student services and support issues. The survey revealed that there are no RICS accredited CM / CE courses outside of the UK which inhibits collaboration. The sample was split in perceived demand for collaboration and the European focus within the courses is limited, as are field trips outside the UK. Student exchange on courses is rare. Generally there is a lag between the political will to greater student mobility and collaboration and the market, which is showing growth in multinational organisations and demand for pan European construction services and a professional body keen to deliver and support this growth. Within academia the barriers and current economic climate in HE preclude the widespread adoption of greater collaboration and development of joint awards, however this position may change.
Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
150403 Real Estate and Valuation Services
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2005, FIG
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022418

Document type: Conference Paper
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