Welcome to Engineering

Welcome message from the Dean of the Faculty.

Dale Carnegie teaches students about robots
Do you want to make the next major breakthrough in technology, help save a life, build the next big game or start the next Facebook? Are you someone who likes problem-solving, creativity and building things? If so, welcome to the School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS)—we can’t wait to show you what ECS has to offer you.

As Dean of the Wellington Faculty of Engineering, I often think about the things I want to achieve, especially within Victoria University of Wellington. Our student numbers are growing and, in fact, we’re the fastest-growing engineering faculty in Australasia. It’s a great time to be an ECS student.

An especially warm welcome to those of you who are soon to be on campus for the first time. We’re excited about providing an environment for you to learn, to grow and to help you to get where you want to go in the world.You can choose the course of study that best suits your interests. Our Bachelor of Engineering with Honours programme is a four-year professional accredited degree with majors in Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering and Software Engineering. We also offer a major in Computer Science within the three-year Bachelor of Science degree.

Our focus on digital-based technology provides you with the knowledge to succeed in the modern workplace—from day one you will be designing and building autonomous robots, smartphone apps and computer games.Technology is changing all the time—but that is our challenge. We aim to be New Zealand’s leading institution for high-tech ICT and engineering training to prepare you for the careers of the future. To achieve this, we are introducing an exciting new major in Cybersecurity in addition to our very popular Computer Graphics programme (taught by staff who have worked on The Matrix and Avatar).

We have developed a well-deserved reputation for the quality and employability of our graduates, with many of our alumni pursuing amazing careers all over the world. But what’s also important is that, as new students, you feel a real sense of belonging to your faculty from the very beginning, that your lecturers care about your progress and that there is support there when you need it. Our experienced, international staff are of the highest calibre and are passionate about supporting students to follow their natural curiosity into new areas of study and research.

Victoria University of Wellington is also New Zealand’s number one ranked research university, valuing the professional skills of entrepreneurship, ethics and sustainability. We are all here to help you succeed and to make sure you maintain a healthy work–life balance at university, thanks to our exemplary pastoral care team. We want to be New Zealand’s best high-tech engineering faculty with student wellbeing at the heart of all we do.

Our motto within the School of Engineering is “Think it! Plan it! Build it!” This motto not only refers to new technology such as the awesome robots you will be designing from your first year, but also applies to your academic career. Think about what you want! Plan how to get there! Build the skills and tools you need to do so!

It is a real privilege to be the dean of such a buzzing faculty full of dedicated staff and outstanding students. Engineers and computer scientists are some of the most sought-after professionals in today’s society, with interesting and well-paid careers. If you’re looking for a future where you can make a real difference—and one that is rewarding and enjoyable—come and join us at ECS.

I sincerely look forward to announcing your name at one of our graduation ceremonies in years to come.

Professor Dale Carnegie
Dean of Engineering