Building & Civil Engineering Dept announces partnership with SCSI
Professional body accreditation allows QS graduates to become full chartered members
Date Article Written:
Monday, February 17, 2014
GMIT’s Building and Civil Engineering Department is delighted to announce a new partnership agreement with the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) which will benefit graduates of the BSc (Hons) in Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying programme in GMIT.
The new partnership, recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in the UK and worldwide, means that on completion of the honours degree programme, graduates are automatically eligible to enroll on the SCSI’s Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) to commence the process of becoming a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.
“This new partnership will allow our Quantity Surveying honours graduates to progress to full chartered members of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, allowing them to fully participate in becoming leaders in the construction Industry and compete on a national and international stage” says Sean Canny, Chair of the BSc (Hons) in Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying programme.
“In recent years our graduates have a 100% success rate in gaining employment in Quantity Surveying, demonstrating that there is a shortage of graduates in the profession. On a daily basis we are receiving calls from employers looking for our graduates six months before they graduate,” adds Mr Canny.
Mary Rogers, Head of the GMIT Dept of Building & Civil Engineering, says: “This partnership is the result of a long-standing professional relationship between GMIT and the SCSI. The benefit of the partnership to our students and graduates is the recognition of the BSc (Honours) in Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying as a professional qualification recognised and transferrable across the globe.”
“The partnership will extend to benefit the region and GMIT as an Institute, developing greater collaboration and closer links with industry, both locally and nationally, in the areas of professional development, and research and innovation,” explains Ms Rogers.
“This comes at an opportune time when the construction industry is beginning to show the green shoots of rejuvenation. GMIT and the Department of Building and Civil Engineering is very proud of this partnership agreement and I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this achievement,” adds Ms Rogers.
Speaking about the new partnership, Paul Johnston of SCSI Western Region, says: “The SCSI Western Region is delighted to support this partnership with GMIT. This partnership is as a result of the hard work and dedication of the staff and students of GMIT in developing and delivering a course worthy of this recognition.”
Dean Elcock, fourth year Quantity Surveying says: “The BSc (Hons) in Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying programme focuses on modern day practices including the latest technologies and trends in the industry. It includes a work placement in third year. This experience gave me a great insight into a quantity surveyor’s role as I interacted with experienced professionals in the business.”
L to R: Paul Johnston, SCSI Western Region, Sean Canny, (Programme Chair) and Catriona O’Regan, GMIT lecturers in the Dept of Building & Civil Engineering, and Dean Elcock from Clifden, fourth year student on the BSc (Hons) in Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying programme.