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Engineering Final Projects In A 5 Year Program Higher Education Institution

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.236.1 - 4.236.6

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Omar Barkat

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Session 3660

Engineering Final Projects in a 5-Year Program Higher Education Institution

Omar Barkat, Ph.D., Dr. es-Sc., P.E. McNeese State University College of Engineering and technology P.O. Box 91735 Lake Charles, Louisiana, 70609-1735


In this paper, final projects work for engineering graduates in Algeria during the students last year are discussed. The Industrial Chemistry Institute at The University of Science and Technology of Algiers is taken as an example. The five-year chemical engineering program is discussed along with the impact of the final project on the quality of engineering education in Algeria as a developing country. The students regard the final year engineering project as the most important experience in their education. For the faculty and the institution it is a crucial requirement for the engineering degree. Economical implications, industrial partnerships, faculty point of views, project selection and implementation, students preparation and institution involvement are reviewed and discussed.

1. Introduction

Among the sectors that are viewed as top priority in government budget allocations, education in Algeria has always been ranked first. With one of the highest growth in population, and a large percentage of its population under 30 years old of age, Algeria allocates each year the largest part of its annual budget to education. There are more than ten major universities located in the North and South of the country. The students body in these major institutions ranges from 15000 to 26000 students. In addition, there are several other campuses with more than 8000 students. Engineering/polytechnique schools also offer engineering degrees. There are 5 main engineering schools which are mainly located in the Northern and Eastern part of the country.

The engineering degree at any major Algerian institution is a five-year program. The students are required to take four and half years of course work and the last semester is reserved for a project work. It is a very important piece of work that a graduating senior has to undertake. The subject can be a project brought from the industry or a research project suggested by a faculty member in charge of the work. All topics require a high level of analytical and design considerations,

Barkat, O. (1999, June), Engineering Final Projects In A 5 Year Program Higher Education Institution Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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