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The future of civil engineering is framed by global forces which transcend national boundaries such as globalisation, inequality and climate change. Through science, engineering and humanity it is possible to meet all of our basic human needs (water, food etc). This quotation, taken from 1999 publication ‘the global engineer’, and its underlying philosophy in education is the basis for this module.
With this challenge in mind we have developed a hands-on International Design and Build Development Module for fourth year MEng students. This module is a 20 credit module (over both semesters) and includes an overseas field trip component.
The aim of the module is to design and build an infrastructure project overseas whilst also developing the students teamwork, leadership and reflective reporting skills. This module will challenge students to apply their engineering skills, knowledge and teamwork within an unfamiliar environment. Of equal importance to the design and construction is the leadership, teamwork and communication skills the students will develop whilst interacting with professional engineers and local communities overseas. The module will also develop their resilience to leadership in challenging environments.