IET chief executive Nigel Fine’s recent visit to the Asia Pacific region.
In August a new 10 year strategy was communicated to take the IET forward to its 150th anniversary in 2021, continuing the development of the IET Strategy for the 21st Century (access for IET members only) launched in 2009.
One of the four ‘key drivers’ of this 10 year strategy is achieving international impact, with a focus on new partnership activities and expansion in areas like Asia Pacific.
The IET’s chief executive, Nigel Fine, has just returned from a series of meetings and events across the Asia Pacific region, where he had the chance to personally reinforce the message about the IET’s plans for the future and talk with many IET volunteers, members and partner organisations.
Nigel’s first stop was Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he met with the IET's Malaysia Local Network, the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) and the Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM).
The IEM has a similar role to the IET in Malaysia, whereas the BEM is a regulatory body that oversees standards of professionalism in Malaysia.
Nigel then travelled to Perth, Australia, where he talked to IET Young Professionals at a Present around the World (PATW) event. Robert Moore, who compered the occasion, said on Twitter: “Chief Executive Nigel Fine attended this evening’s event and gave an excellent and inspiring talk to the attendees.”
While in Perth, Nigel also met with chief scientist for Western Australia (WA) Professor Lyn Beazley and the IET’s WA Local Network, and spoke at the Annual Dinner organised by the WA Local Network Committee.
Nigel stopped over in Sydney to attend the IET Australia Forum meeting and speak at their dinner.
He then flew to Melbourne to meet with Engineers Australia. Whilst in Melbourne Nigel was interviewed on Qantas Airways’ in-flight radio station and featured on the programme ‘Talking Business with Alan Kohler’, where he discussed the role of professional bodies and their relevance in the global economy. The Melbourne Local Network organised an 'Australia Future Energy Conference' and Nigel gave the introductory presentation.
The following day, Nigel travelled to Brisbane to meet with leading academics from local universities and representatives from the IET’s Queensland Local Network.
The next stop was Wellington, New Zealand, where Nigel met with the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) and the Electricity Engineers’ Association (EEA), and discussed the future of local and global engineering with the Metro Group of polytechnics. He also visited the Ministry of Education where he met with secretary for education Lesley Longstone. During his visit to Wellington Nigel spoke at a reception for the engineering community organised by the Local Network and a breakfast meeting co-hosted with IPENZ and the IEEE.
To finish his trip, Nigel travelled to Auckland, where he judged and presented at a PATW event, visited the Electrical and Electronic Engineering department at Auckland University, met with senior personnel from the Royal New Zealand Navy to discuss professional registration, and met with senior management from Raken, a potential Corporate Partner for the IET.
Nigel said: “Asia Pacific is an increasingly important focus for the IET, so it is very encouraging to see Local Networks in this area really flourishing and using our new products and services. Volunteers in the region are also exploring exciting new ventures with educational bodies, professional engineering societies and a range of other organisations.
“It’s great to see IET people working with such motivation and creativity. I was particularly impressed with the level of engagement of the young people involved in the PATW events. I’m certain I’ve met some of the bright stars of tomorrow’s engineering and technology world.”
The chairman of the IET’s Victoria Local Network, Maria Vukovic, commented: "Nigel Fine's visit to Australia provided a boost of enthusiasm to Local Network committees, local members and to IET's relationship with Engineers Australia.
“Nigel's visit helped Local Network committees illustrate to members and non-members that overseas networks are valued and that the IET provides the greater public with a plethora of engineering resources for use in schools and universities and all online."