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Civil Engineering Education At The Rajiv Gandhi Technical University, India And At The 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 India, Central and Eastern Asia

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14.326.1 - 14.326.10



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Fazil Najafi University of Florida


Ashutosh Upadhyay University of Florida

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Nick Safai Salt Lake City College

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Civil engineering is treated as the first true engineering field. It is a field involved in planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of transportation, environmental, and construction systems. The world, which we see today, would have been very hard to imagine without the effective contribution of civil engineers. The road system, skyscrapers, harbors, transportation facilities, utilities would have been obsolete and cities like New York, Hong Kong, London, would not exist.

In this period of globalization, civil engineering is exploring new horizons. In some countries like Dubai and China, engineering is challenged to its limits to create innovative structures. However, in this harsh global economic climate, for civil engineers it is important to stay up to date with the latest technology so that they can realize their importance.

The curriculum of civil engineering at the University of Florida (UF) and the Rajiv Gandhi Technical University (RGTU) is comparable but there is a complete difference in the student grading system. The University of Florida offers several programs in seventeen different colleges that includes Business, Law, Engineering, Medicine and others. On the other hand, the Rajiv Gandhi Technical University is a multi-campus affiliating university in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. However, the Rajiv Gandhi Technical University is modeled around the British system of engineering education and it includes two semesters of six. The university at present has more than seventy colleges of engineering in its fold enrolling 13,500 students each year in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India.

The Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV) was established in 1998. The university is a multi-campus affiliating university in Madhya Pradesh. It has campuses and affiliated colleges at various cities across the state. The university is well known for its extensive technical range of courses and claims to be one of top amongst India's best universities. This institution was established as a common university for all the technical institutes, mainly including Engineering and Science colleges in the state. 1, 2, 3

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 fifty-two undergraduate programs in a broad variety of instructional fields.4 The Department of Civil Engineering at UF was established in 1910 and later merged with the Department of Coastal and Oceanographic Engineering in 1999 to become the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering5. The civil engineering undergraduate program at UF is considered as one of the top programs in the United States of America.

Najafi, F., & Upadhyay, A., & Safai, N. (2009, June), Civil Engineering Education At The Rajiv Gandhi Technical University, India And At The University Of Florida Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--4640

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