I read an article titled “Philippine Government Increases Infrastructure Expenditure to 5% of GDP in 2014 – Is This Enough?” and realised that Civil Engineering is a good course of choice.
Do you know why?
- The Philippine Government has earmarked $9.24 billion (3% of GDP) for infrastructure spending in the 2014 budget.
- Infrastructure spending will increase to 5% in the next two years or at $13.57 billion and $19.05 billion in 2015 and 2016, respectively
Now, this is only as far as Philippines is concerned.
Read this article “Why Infrastructure Management is Important“, and you will notice how much the countries in regions of the world will be spending annually for infrastructures.
According to the World Bank Infrastructure Strategy Update chart, the annual infrastructure spending of some world regions is 7% of GDP or between $45.3 to $207 billion dollars.
Also, with most developing and third-world countries struggling for integrity, the World Bank would be needing honest and skilled civil engineers who would supervise all these infrastructure program implementation around the world.
Now, consider this.
For all the infrastructures these countries will be building as they cope with population and development, the role of infrastructure management or infrastructure asset management experts are valuable.
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Study at Central Philippine University.
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Does CPU teach “Infrastructure Management”?
I’m a Civil Engineering graduate of CPU 1989 and I can’t recall encountering the phrase “infrastructure management”.
Maybe I wasn’t listening or I was absent when it was lectured but was the topic ever brought up in any of our subjects?
Our curriculum at that time included nine units of management but they are more related to financial and business management.
I could recall two phrases that could relate to infrastructure management topics, “sum-of-the-years digits” and “cost-benefit ratio” but they were never emphasized in that context.
Is “infrastructure management” in the vocabulary of Central Philippine University? The easy and fast way to know is to do a search in CPU’s website. I made a quick search and it can’t be found.
Anyway, Centralians need not be dismayed for the absence of “infrastructure management” (maybe during our years at CPU only) in our curriculum.
I’m sure that some civil engineer alumni have practiced infrastructure asset management in their profession, courtesy of learning through experience or formal training through their company.
I learned recently that infrastructure management is integral in New Zealand local government practices.
The basic aim of infrastructure asset management is to create plans and implement best practice procedures to maintain and prolong the service life of long-term infrastructure assets.
This is very crucial to supporting and sustaining the quality of life in the community. When infrastructures or assets are managed well, it has implication in local and national economy, especially when resources are very limited.
Going back to the question, I also have the big suspicion that other top engineering schools in the Philippines might be touching lightly on ‘infrastructure management’ and related topics.
If Central Philippine University gives emphasis on “Infrastructure Management”, she will soon be graduating people who are apt and ready to gain career in this area, maybe in their local districts initially and take on jobs internationally.
For further information, please browse this –> INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT website.
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