New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
A Case for International Study in Construction Education and Industry Practice
This paper will be a representative case study of a Construction Management student intern experience on a foreign construction project. It is structured as a case study, highlighting the student’s experiences through engagement as an intern on the construction of a BMW Service Center project in Sri Lanka by a medium scale Sri Lankan commercial contractor, Dwellco Developments (Pvt) Ltd. Some of the challenges during the project will be reviewed inclusive of aspects relating to scheduling, staffing, sub-contracting and project communication, while highlighting some of the strategies implemented by the construction management team to mitigate these challenges.
One of the focus on this paper would be to give the reader insights into construction management process challenges by providing evidence how Construction Management education can equip a senior student in performing under pressure and, in turn, how an internship helps in the seasoning of the student experience into becoming an effective construction management professional. The case study will also illustrate some of the areas in which the construction management education program may be enhanced in terms of providing a wholesome and global perspective on construction as opposed to a more US-based construction education.
Quoting different examples and situations from the project, the manuscript will show the complementary benefits of an academic based approach to learning construction with the inclusion of hands-on industry practice/experience. The authors are showcasing that the most effective learning process as a construction management professional cannot be achieved with the focus on any individual component of the learning, but in fact requires an effective balance between both academic and experience components.
Finally, the paper attempts to provide potential solutions for improvement of the education process in preparation of the students as interns for construction industry internships through opening considerations for global construction industry. An emphasis is placed on discussing methods on bringing up the interns experience to benefit the students who have not yet had an internship experience and thus increasing the effectiveness of construction education on both the fronts of global exposure and the professional preparedness of first time interns.
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