THE ICE'S prospects have perked up with student membership rocketing by 19% to 13,752 last year.
Graduate membership also increased by 2% to 15,667 and 633 graduate members sat their professional review - an increase of 4% on 2005. Overall membership rose from 77,350 to 79,432, according to the institution's annual report.
'Our longer term prospects are looking bright, ' said director general Tom Foulkes. 'Last year we saw strong growth in ICE's student and graduate membership across the world. A signicant rise in applicants for UK university courses for civil engineering was also encouraging.' Many of the 1,078 candidates sitting their professional review were from outside the UK.
This was a result of initiatives including holding a professional review session in India for the first time, which led to 17 candidates passing the exam.
ICE is now expecting a further rise in numbers as a result of a new online system for registering training agreements.
The report, a summary of which is included in the magazine this week, also showed that the ICE's income in 2006 rose to £29.8M, with 57% coming from 'trading activities', 34% from subscriptions, 6% from fees, 2% from donations and 1% from investment income.
It also shows that of the £28.1M spent in 2006, 51% was on 'trading activities', 19% on quali ation and membership, 18% on engineering policy and innovation, 11% on public voice and member communication and 1% on governance costs.
For details of the ICE's annual report visit www. ice. org. uk.