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Pages: 5060-5066
Publication year: 2012
ISBN: 978-84-615-5563-5
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 6th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 5-7 March, 2012
Location: Valencia, Spain

COLLABORATIVE PROGRAMME IN CIVIL ENGINEERING BETWEEN EDINBURGH NAPIER UNIVERSITY (UK) AND SHANGHAI NORMAL UNIVERSITY (CHINA)

I. Smith1, J. McDougall1, H. Zhang1, L. Jianxin2

1Edinburgh Napier University (UNITED KINGDOM)
2Shanghai Normal University (CHINA)
Edinburgh Napier University and Shanghai Normal University have established a joint undergraduate programme in Civil Engineering. The dual-award programme is fully accredited by the Professional Body for Civil Engineering in the UK (the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)) and is approved by the Ministry of Education in China. Such professional accreditation enables graduates of the programmes to practice as fully qualified civil engineers in China, in the UK and in many other countries in the world where the ICE accreditation is recognised.

The four year long programme enables graduates to achieve the award BSc (Honours) Civil Engineering. Students study Years 1 – 3 in Shanghai and then transfer to Edinburgh for Year 4. In total, one-third of the entire course is taught in English. To enable this, staff from Edinburgh Napier University teach in Shanghai during Years 2 and 3. In this way, the students start to appreciate the significance of the English language throughout their studies, and naturally gain knowledge of the technical subjects in a truly international manner. Modules in structural mechanics, geotechnical engineering, structural design, structural analysis and project management are delivered and assessed in English in 2-week long blocks. Students wishing to progress to Year 4 in Edinburgh must achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 or more. This is readily achievable by most students having studied these modules in English in Shanghai. Students choosing not to study Year 4 in Edinburgh can instead study Year 4 in Shanghai where additional modules (Water Engineering, Highway Engineering and Railway Engineering) are delivered by Edinburgh Napier University staff.

Students studying in Edinburgh experience a truly international dimension to their studies. Mixing with students of many other (mainly European) nationalities gives the Chinese students a real international experience. Living, studying and working in Edinburgh is very rewarding for the students and many chose to continue their studies to Masters level following completion of the BSc. This paper describes the structure of the joint programme, the mode by which it operates and the great opportunities that exist for all students enrolled on the programme.
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title = {COLLABORATIVE PROGRAMME IN CIVIL ENGINEERING BETWEEN EDINBURGH NAPIER UNIVERSITY (UK) AND SHANGHAI NORMAL UNIVERSITY (CHINA)},
series = {6th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
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I. Smith, J. McDougall, H. Zhang, L. Jianxin (2012) COLLABORATIVE PROGRAMME IN CIVIL ENGINEERING BETWEEN EDINBURGH NAPIER UNIVERSITY (UK) AND SHANGHAI NORMAL UNIVERSITY (CHINA), INTED2012 Proceedings, pp. 5060-5066.
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