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A Study Of Civil Engineering Education At Singapore Nanyang Technology University And At The University Of Florida

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2002 Annual Conference

Location

Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

Start Date

June 16, 2002

End Date

June 19, 2002

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

International Engineering Education II

Page Count

9

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7.111.1 - 7.111.9

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https://peer.asee.org/10179

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Feng Liu

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Fazil Najafi

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Paper ID: 2002-1215 Session number: 3160

A Study of Civil Engineering Education at Singapore Nanyang Technology University and at the University of Florida

Liu Feng¹, Dr. Fazil T. Najafi²

¹ Graduate Student, Dept. of Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida ² Professor, Dept. of Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida

Abstract

Civil Engineering education plays a vital role in the development of infrastructure in Florida and Singapore. The University of Florida and Nanyang Technology University offer civil engineering courses to undergraduate and graduate students. This paper discusses and compares Civil Engineering curriculum in both Universities. The Civil Engineering courses at the University of Florida are divided into two phases of general education and upper division/civil engineering core education. At Nanyang Technology University, the Civil Engineering offers courses of a prescribed core of essential subjects and both institutions offer excellent program of study. The Civil Engineering program at Nanyang Technology University offers courses closely related to industry and government needs. Similarly, at the University of Florida, Civil Engineering program also offers excellent education program in line with government and industries needs. At both institutions, efforts should be focused on revising curriculum that is more responsible to existing and future rapid technological changes.

1. Introduction

Singapore is widely recognized for its high level of academic achievements. Civil Engineering (CE) plays a vital role in the development of Singapore’s infrastructure. Nanyang Technology University (NTU) offers CE program for undergraduate and graduate students. The University has implemented a hybrid American-British degree structure that incorporates the credit system with a prescribed core of essential subjects. This system facilitates a broad-based education where students are encouraged to take general electives outside their main discipline. At the University of Florida (UF), the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering provides a comprehensive CE program that includes all aspects of CE curriculum. The Department divides the undergraduate education into the two phases of general education and upper division/ CE core education. The CE program at NTU is well balanced with a requirement of six months industrial training before graduation. At the UF, CE students are required to take Engineering Intern Test (EIT) before graduation.

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Liu, F., & Najafi, F. (2002, June), A Study Of Civil Engineering Education At Singapore Nanyang Technology University And At The University Of Florida Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. https://peer.asee.org/10179

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