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This course was supported
by WUS Austria - Brain Gain Program. The course coordinator was Dr Ruza
Ostrogonac-Seserko from The University of Western Australia.
There is a big gap between
engineering curriculum in developed countries and less developed countries.
This is due to the lack of digital resources to follow the new teaching
and learning methods used in developed countries, and political instabilities
in some less developed countries. The conflict in the former Yugoslavia
, which has started in 1990, has left universities in the newly formed
states a very poor state. Large numbers of teaching staff has left the
region, and there has been a continuing lack of resources.
There are a number of different support programs around the world that
are trying to reduce the gap in engineering education between developed
and less developed states. One of them is World University Service Austria
(WUS). WUS is an association committed to the promotion of the human rights
in education on the basis of academic freedom and university autonomy.
It is organized as a loose federation of more than 40 independent country
committees presently chaired by WUS Canada. It has consultative status
with the United Nations and the UNESCO. It was established as a non-profit
organization in Graz in 1983. Since then WUS Austria has been working
on the promotion of higher education in various countries all over the
world. Also, it, has set up local offices in five cities in South-Eastern
Europe (SEE), in: Belgrade (Serbia), Podgorica (Monte Negro), Sarajevo
(Bosnia and Hercegovina), Banja Luka (Bosnia and Hercegovina), and Pristina
There are several successful activities organized by WUS Austria to help
to reconstruct and advance the process of higher education in the SEE
region, such as the Brain Gain Program. This is aimed at breaking the
academic isolation of SEE the universities by inviting qualified academics
originating from the region to lecture courses, which are not available
at the SEE universities. These lecturers, who emigrated from the former
Yugoslavia are invited to come back to the region to teach as guest lecturers
at universities in the region.
The author worked at the Civil Engineering Faculty in Subotica for 20
years. She left Yugoslavia in 1995 and since then has been teaching at
the University of Western Australia. Over the last nine years she has
gained a good insight into the western educational system and as part
of the Brain Gain program was invited by her previous Faculty to share
some of her experiences.
Engineering Structures with AutoCAD 2D and 3D sessions: http://www.gf.su.ac.yu/~ruza
Final Year Projects - Diploma Work.
||Visual communications in
engineering, computer graphics, freehand drawing, Technical Drawing
Standards, basics of Descriptive Geometry.
||1.) The traditional engineering first
year units are overloaded with theoretical content knowledge
with very little practical examples from the real world. It
does not give full picture to the first year students of the
profession they have enrolled. That might result in loosing
their interest and even drop the course. This unit introduces
civil engineering profession to the first year students in an
attractive way with lots of activities and examples from the
real world. It will explain in a simple way how structures work
using numerous examples of well known buildings.
2.) Final Year Project is meant to give students opportunity
to apply broad range of knowledge which they have gained during
their study of engineering course. That unit deserves a special
attention and the results should be presented broadly within
Faculty, Industry and among community. This course introduces
an example how Final Year Thesis can be organized as a big event
with the results displayed in conference type presentations.
In this unit students are trained how to write engineering conference
paper and how to give oral presentation on an engineering conference.