Ever fancy working on real engineering projects sourced from the industry? Enjoy communicating and exchanging ideas with foreign counterparts from internationally renowned universities? If at least one of your answers is a “yes” you should consider taking PKU Engineering Globex Design class.
What is the Globex Design class? It is a 2-semester year long course in operation since 2008 and it focuses on a cross-cultural design theme by requiring undergraduate students to work jointly with international students in teams of 4-8 people on a design project provided by a multinational company.
This year, the College of Engineering (COE) students and their fellow peers from the Colleges of Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS), the University of Toronto, Canada, and the Institute of Fluid Mechanics, Toulouse, France will work on 12 design projects provided by five companies including Siemens China, Schlumberger China, Kinergy Singapore and Bombardier Canada.
In the course’s first workshop on September 22, Professor Pingchou Han, assistant dean of COE for global education, explained how the program runs.
“Knowledge, Communication, Cooperation and Usefulness are the four key elements of this program,” said Han, “you have to use the knowledge learned from all the engineering courses taken in the 4 years of study, communicate and interact with foreign students despite the huge differences in language skills and cultural background, cooperate with patience and perseverance to work with these students to deliver useful and market-driven engineering designs and solutions to our industrial partners.”
Following Han’s lecture on Design Methodology, COE doctoral student Zhewen Tang and NUS student Woo Jia Jian provided further discussion on design theories and talked about their design projects, respectively. The 3-day Globex Design workshop at PKU concluded last Monday, Sept. 24.