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University challenge

LETTERS: READERS WRITE

I am in total agreement with the thrust of Alan Crane's article (NCE 7 June) and have argued for many years that improvements in the performance of the industry are as likely to come from better management as from better technology.

However, he fails to recognise the enormous effort of universities like Dundee, Loughborough, Reading, Salford and UMIST who embed large chunks of management in their undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

For instance, here at Dundee, the department of civil engineering is also home to the Centre for Enterprise Management, a branch of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise. We have for many years offered BEng programmes in civil engineering and management and a MSc in concrete technology, construction and management.

Our MEng in civil engineering dedicates 25% of the final two years to management related studies, including management futures.

In September, jointly with Aberdeen University, we will launch what is thought to be the world's first part time MSc in lean construction project management, and a year later, the world's first full time MSc in construction enterprise management.

Like many of our sister universities, we remain dedicated to producing professionals who excel in both technology and management.

RMW Horner, head of department, University of Dundee department of civil engineering

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