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Civil Engineering Education at the Tongji University, China, and at the University of Florida

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Engineering Education and Comparative Studies at Universities throughout Asia, Far East

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25.311.1 - 25.311.27



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Zhang Lei University of Florida

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Zhang Lei is a graduate student of civil and coastal engineering at the University of Florida who earned her B.S.A.E. degree in construction management from Tongji University, China. Lei is a member of several professional associations.

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Fazil T. Najafi University of Florida

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Fazil T. Najafi a professor of civil and coastal engineering at the University of Florida earned his B.S.A.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has more than 35 years of experience with government, industry, and education. He has more than 300 research papers published and presented to international, national, and local organizations.

Dr. Najafi is a member of many professional committees and several professional societies. His areas of specialization include transportation planning and management, legal aspects, construction contract administration, and public works.

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CIVIL ENGINEERING EDUCATION AT THE TONGJI UNIVERSITY CHINA AND AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDAAbstractThis paper conduct an in-depth study of admission, curriculum, examination and gradingsystem at Civil Engineering Department at both Tongji University China and Universityof Florida U.S. Tongji University, found in 1907 in Shanghai China, is one of the oldestand most prestigious institutions of higher education in China directly under the StateMinistry of Education strength in engineering, especially in civil engineering.Founded in 1853, the University of Florida is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant,and research University. As one of the nations’ most academically diverse publicuniversities as well as one of the five largest universities in the nation, the university isthe states’ oldest, largest and most comprehensive university with more than 51,000students.The Engineering School of Sustainability & Environment was recently established andadministered by a director. The civil engineering and environmental engineeringdepartments are independent and they are under the umbrella of the Engineering Schoolof Sustainability & Environment. The civil engineering department has more than fortyfaculties and has been ranked highly among nation’s civil engineering departments.The paper puts emphasis on the details of four-year bachelor degree curriculum in civilengineering at both universities. Similarities and differences are discussed in detailsbased on the comparison of curriculum at civil engineering department at bothuniversities. The main similarities lie in the engineering fundamental courses whilevariation exists not only in application of software in the design courses and theexperimentation but also in the focused area of civil engineering curriculum such asstructure, and construction. Furthermore, differences exist in the total course credits,number of credit hours, practical training and the type of humanities and social sciencecourses.

Lei, Z., & Najafi, F. T. (2012, June), Civil Engineering Education at the Tongji University, China, and at the University of Florida Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21069

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