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Development Of An Undergraduate Program For Construction Education In Bangladesh Using General Linear Model

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

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June 18, 2006

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June 18, 2006

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June 21, 2006



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Trend in Construction Engineering Education I

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11.473.1 - 11.473.12



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Ifte Choudhury

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Ifte Choudhury is an Associate Professor in the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University. He received a B. Arch from Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, an M. Phil. in Architecture from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England, and a Ph.D. in Architecture from Texas A&M University. Dr. Choudhury has extensive experience as a consulting architect working on projects funded by the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and some other Multilateral Development Banks. His areas of emphasis include housing, alternative technology, issues related to international construction, and construction education. He teaches Environmental Control Systems at an undergraduate level and International Construction at a graduate level. Dr. Choudhury is also a Fulbright scholar.

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Development of an Undergraduate Program for Construction Education in Bangladesh using General Linear Model


The purpose of the study is to develop an undergraduate curriculum for construction education in Bangladesh. A standard Likert style survey instrument was used to gather the data related to the importance of construction education in the country. This survey instrument was sent to educators engaged in the teaching of disciplines closely related to construction and professionals who are involved with the construction industry in Bangladesh. The results of the survey were used to analyze the need for construction education in Bangladesh and a broad category of topics the curriculum should encompass. The data was analyzed by administering a General Linear Model. The results from the study indicate that it is important to introduce a program at an undergraduate level in Bangladesh to produce professionals capable of managing the construction projects effectively and efficiently. Based on the findings of the study, a detailed curriculum for construction education at an undergraduate level for universities in Bangladesh is recommended to be developed with content requirements within the following subject categories:

o Communications, humanities, and social sciences, o Mathematics and Science, o Business and Management, o Architectural and Engineering Design Disciplines, and o Construction Practice.

Keywords: Bangladesh, construction education, construction industry, general linear model, undergraduate curriculum

I. Statement of the Problem

Construction Industry in Bangladesh

Bangladesh construction industry is growing steadily at a constant rate. Total construction expenditure of the country has increased from Tk. 100 billion (1.67 billion US dollars) in the early 1990’s to about Tk. 200 billion (3.33 billion US dollars) in 2003. Figure 1 shows a steady increase of the country’s construction output which is presently over 8 per cent of its GDP1. Most of the construction works are in the public sector. Funding for a high percentage of construction projects come from multilateral development agencies (MDA) like the World Bank or Asian Development Bank.

The rapid growth in the construction sector demands an adequate number of professionals with a broad understanding of the principles of construction science as well as leadership skills in motivating teams and integrating a wide range of tasks to produce a completed project. These

Choudhury, I. (2006, June), Development Of An Undergraduate Program For Construction Education In Bangladesh Using General Linear Model Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--830

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