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Civil Engineering Education At Juba University, South Sudan And University Of Florida

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

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June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

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June 17, 2009



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Engineering Education in Africa, Asia and the Mid-East Region

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14.324.1 - 14.324.8



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Richard Nyarsuk University of Florida

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Fazil Najafi University of Florida

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Nick Safai Salt Lake City College

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Civil engineering is a professional engineering discipline that encompasses design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure. It is the oldest engineering disciplines after military engineering. Unlike the other disciplines, it is both an art and science that could be traced back to the early civilization (4000 to 2000 BC) in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. And it is a science that makes man and nature live in harmony. It has moved through a number of technological interfaces to reach its current stage. To maintain its integrity, it is imperative that the curricula be regularly revised to meet the ever-demanding economical, social and environmental needs of the society.

In most universities, civil engineering under graduate program is four years. University of Juba has five years undergraduate program. The College of Engineering at the University of Florida has 11 academic departments while the College of Engineering at the University of Juba has 5 different departments.

These two institutions have different undergraduate requirements both in terms of credit hours and number of semesters. The curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree at the University of Florida consists of 131 credit hours, while University of Juba consists of 211 credit hours. The University of Florida allows 52 general education credits while University of Juba provides 133. In terms of core civil engineering credits, the University of Florida requires 79 engineering-based credits, while University of Juba requires a minimum of 78 engineering-based credits.

The objective of this paper is to compare the current undergraduate civil engineering curriculum in these two institutions. The results of this study present that the civil engineering curriculum meets the educational requirements of both institutions, however, admission requirements, student grading systems and types of courses are different for both.


The University of Florida (UF) is located in Gainesville, Florida and was founded in 1853, making it the oldest university in the state. UF currently offers more than 52 undergraduate programs in a broad variety of instructional fields1. The Department of Civil Engineering at UF was established in 1910 and later merged with the Department of Coastal and Oceano- graphic Engineering in 1999 to become the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering2. The civil engineering undergraduate program at UF is considered as one of the top programs in the United States of America.


Two drops are allowed if you have completed less than 60 credits at UF. Free drop if your number of credits does not drop below 12 and if filed by the seventh week of the semester3.

Nyarsuk, R., & Najafi, F., & Safai, N. (2009, June), Civil Engineering Education At Juba University, South Sudan And University Of Florida Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4633

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