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Global Learning and Collaborations in Engineering and Architecture

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2018 ASEE Zone IV Conference

Location

Boulder, Colorado

Publication Date

March 25, 2018

Start Date

March 25, 2018

End Date

March 27, 2018

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Diversity

Page Count

9

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https://peer.asee.org/29616

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Zsuzsa Balogh Metropolitan State University of Denver

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Professor, CET Program Coordinator
ACE Fellow 2017-2018

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Akbarali Thobhani Metropolitan State University of Denver

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Executive Director of the Office of International Studies

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Abstract

In 2010, the city of Pecs, Hungary, EU was one of the designated Cultural Capitals of Europe. In preparation for this event, a large number of Hungarian government-sponsored refurbishment projects were ongoing in the city. These projects provided a unique opportunity for Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) and University of Pecs (UP) to jointly organize a Refurbishment of Structures course that constituted the start of an academic collaboration between the two institutions. Although initially the partnership was between the engineering colleges, by now it has expanded university wide. As the partnership grows, more academic areas, from Political Science to Africana Studies to Management have started collaborations, which consist mainly of faculty-student exchanges, and conference planning.

The main purpose of the engineering collaboration was to expand students’ exposure to global perspectives in their higher education experience. Building upon the expertise of UP architecture faculty, an architecture minor was jointly developed. This paper describes the development of the architecture minor. The new minor was launched in Fall 2014 at MSU Denver. The growth in the number of students taking ARCH classes and declaring architecture minor are highlighted. In addition, the partnership successes and challenges are discussed along with the development of Civil Engineering Technology students in the area of creative thinking and project-based applications with a global perspective of the architecture profession. Subsequently, a transferability agreement was also developed between UP and MSU Denver. The completion path for the Master of Science degree in Architecture at UP for an MSU Denver Civil Engineering Technology graduate with a minor in architecture is outlined.

Balogh, Z., & Thobhani, A. (2018, March), Global Learning and Collaborations in Engineering and Architecture Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Zone IV Conference, Boulder, Colorado. https://peer.asee.org/29616

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