Exchange of cultures

18 September 2013

Shane Kulatunga, Lauren Gaudion, and Ellouise Tait attend the International Summer Camp

Shane Kulatunga, Lauren Gaudion, and Ellouise Tait attend the International Summer Camp

In early August six civil engineering students embarked on a short cultural exchange hosted by Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU).

BJTU is one of the oldest universities in mainland China, with a campus that sprawls over 73 acres. Their School of Civil Engineering is highly regarded, with a reputation for innovation and cutting edge research.

The school has twice hosted the International Summer Camp of Civil Engineering, designed to strengthen cultural ties and broaden the experience and horizons of students, as well as furthering understanding about the Chinese culture. Along with the six from the University of Sydney, students from Italy, Taiwan, America, Israel and England all participated.

Over the two weeks, the students attended lectures focusing on computational fluid mechanics, wind design, and the Taiwanese government’s initiative in the seismic retrofitting of schools along fault lines.

The exchange also included cultural visits to Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall of China and modern feats of engineering such as the Beijing National Aquatics Center (known as the Water Cube), Beijing National Stadium (known as the Bird’s Nest) and CCTV Headquarters.