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Nathu Puri Institute brings together engineering industry and academic experts for enterprise education conference

LSBU's Nathu Puri Institute holds conference for engineering industry and academic experts to encourage enterprise education
23 June 2015

London South Bank University's (LSBU) Nathu Puri Institute for Engineering and Enterprise held a one-day conference where educators, researchers and engineers from across the UK shared ideas and best practices for embedding enterprise in engineering education.

Papers and research were presented by experts from industry and academia, including Glencore Xstrata, the Technical University of Delft, the University of Edinburgh, SimVenture and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Educators, industry managers and scientists talked on a range of topics, including social entrepreneurship for scientists and engineers, sustainable planetary engineering, and professional skills promotion.

Rao Bhamidimarri, Chair of the Nathu Puri Institute and Vice President of Development at LSBU, spoke about re-inventing the engineering curriculum.

"Engineering education can no longer continue to be limited to engineering science, measurement, modelling and the synthesis of these. In today's globalised market place, the career success of engineering graduates and their employers demands that graduates are creative and innovative," said Professor Bhamidimarri.

"The conference was very enlightening. There were numerous case studies that clearly illustrated why it's so important for engineers to broaden their outlook and develop commercial and cultural understanding to complement their engineering skills," said Dr Martin Bush, Principal Lecturer in Computer Science and Informatics, who attended the conference.

The conference was also attended by Professor Nathu Puri, an honorary graduate of LSBU and founder of the Purico Group, whose donation helped launch the Institute. Founded in 2012, the Institute helps embed enterprise in science and engineering education to foster excellence and innovation in graduates.

"Knowledge should be available to future engineers and engineering students so that more of them can break the glass ceiling and become entrepreneurs and our business leaders," said Professor Puri.

See what papers were presented at the Educating Enterprising Engineers and Scientists seminar.