The Southeastern Conference (SEC) engineering colleges, which include the University of Tennessee Tickle College of Engineering, have signed an exchange agreement with the Turin Polytechnic (Politecnico di Torino). The agreement will allow University of Tennessee students to study at Torino, one of the best schools in Europe, for a semester.
Today the group was taken on a tour of Cambridge University. Though it’s blasphemous to say, considering that the two are ancient rivals, I found it very similar to Oxford. The teaching methods, multiple colleges, and detailed architecture were similar to each other, if very different from a typical U.S. college.
Our first touristy trip in Thailand brought the colorful nature of Thailand to the forefront, but as we went around Bangkok the temples started to look more and more similar. Not only was the Wat Pho Temple our first stop, its also home to the world’s largest reclining buddha, so cool!!!
So fortunately I was not able to receive all of the necessary documents from my host university in time to obtain my student visa making a trip to Macau a necessity! I wish all necessities were as cool as having to go just a one hour ferry ride away from Hong Kong to this larger than Las Vegas extravagant casino territory.
We are trying to develop opportunities for undergraduate engineering students to study abroad and have a good possibility of taking at least one engineering course along with their study abroad experience. That way they can have both – a cultural experience and make progress towards their degree at the same time.
Even though I am on a trip to the other side of the world, I have to remember why it is I am here, school?? School at a major Asian university you think could not be that different from any other major university around the world, right?
The first new week in Hong Kong came and went as a whirlwind. The hectic pace of orientation (included an interesting “stay out of jail” speech from a US consulate rep), class registration (so complex b/c it is not all computer integrated), an authentic Cantonese welcome dinner including shark fin soup which isn’t that bad, and day trip city tours to The Peak and Avenue of Stars not only made me fall in love with the city so soon, but also to forget completely about any jetlag!
A delegation from UTK and the Tickle College of Engineering held a series of discussions in March 2010 with representatives of three Chinese universities. Dr. Masood Parang, associate dean for academic affairs, represented TCE and visited Shanghai University (Shanghai), Wuhan University (Wuhan), and Sichuan University (Chengdu) to discuss possible student and faculty exchange agreements along with other methods of cooperation.
Professors and students from UT Department for Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering designed workshops for students from four local high schools in order to assist them in the preparation for FIRST competition.
It’s been awhile since I last posted here, mainly because I’ve been getting used to classes and traveling a bit. This week has been really busy because my RSM (Research Methods) class started and it absorbs a lot of my free time. It’s like being back at UT, since my schedule is comparable.
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