Global LeadershipLocation of Program: China Year: 2013
Program Director(s): Anton Bowden, Brent Nelson
Participating Major(s): All Engineering and Technology Majors
Globalization is changing how engineering and technology activities are done across the world. The objective of this program is to help students understand the most important issues involved in globalization and leadership and to acquire skills needed to participate in and manage engineering and technology activities in a global environment.
Recap of the Year:
The 2013 Global Leadership study abroad in China was a great success, involving a record high 18 students who spent almost seven weeks in mainland China. The host institution for our study abroad was Nanjing University, and BYU received strong collaboration from the Chinese Flagship Program staff. Students in the program were enrolled in either EngT 231 (Foundations for Global Leadership) or EngT 480 (Globalization in Engineering and Technology). All students were also enrolled in a 3 credit hour class (IAS 380R) in Chinese Language and Culture. Approximately 4.5 weeks of the program were spent in Nanjing China, while the remainder of the time included cultural and technical visits to sites in Beijing, Xi’An, Shanghai, Huangshan, Suzhou, and Tong Li.
This year, the study abroad was co-directed by Professors Brent Nelson and Anton Bowden. Highlights of the program included visits to technical sites, including the construction site for the 2014 World Youth Games in Nanjing, facility tours of Celanese Corporation in Nanjing, GE Healthcare in Beijing, Quanta Computers in Shanghai, Melaleuca in Shanghai, as well as the Shanghai Urban Planning Museum. Cultural visit highlights included visits to sites in Nanjing, the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’An, the Great Wall of China, the Bund in Shanghai, the Water City of Tong Li, and multiple sites in Beijing (Temple of Heaven, Tianemen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Llama Buddhist Temple).
This was the first time that EngT 231 had been offered as a core class in a Study Abroad program and the overall impressions of the course, and of its viability in a study abroad program were highly favorable. Of special note was the inclusion of team projects that were independently evaluated by Nanjing University personnel. The most highly rated project was carried out on-site and involved helping local restaurant owners translate their menus into English in preparation for the influx of tourists expected in association with the upcoming 2014 World Youth Games.