The Faculty of Engineering recently hosted 91 students specialising in Civil and Materials Engineering from Central South University, Tianjin University and Wuhan University of Technology for an intensive two-week Engineering Short Study Program.
This program showcased Monash’s engineering capability and world-class facilities, while developing students’ global competencies and specialised English communication skills. Hosted by Monash College, students also had the opportunity to experience Australian culture through homestays and day trips, with many expressing their amazement with Melbourne’s welcoming multicultural atmosphere.
“The program was an excellent opportunity for students to immerse themselves in both engineering study and the English language simultaneously. The short study program students very quickly joined our department family, helping to build a meaningful link between the universities,” Professor Nick Birbilis, Head of Department of Materials Engineering said.
For many students, the highlight of the program was the opportunity to explore engineering education and research, enjoy guest lectures, view the facilities and experience the Monash community. Many participants have since expressed interest in returning to Monash for future studies.
“SSP is a unique short term study abroad experience. It brings together the Faculty of Engineering and Monash College and enables the students to develop their engineering, communication and employability skills,” Kotaro Ito, Business Development Manager for Monash College said.
“Listening to the students talk about their experiences at the end of the program it was clear that they had thoroughly enjoyed their short study tour, having made new friends and connections with each other and with the Monash community. We look forward to welcoming back those who return to study here one day.” Lindsay Guy, Group Manager for Student and Academic Services of Faculty of Engineering said.