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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 (Kosovo).
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.

Duration: Three weeks

Engineering Structures with AutoCAD 2D and 3D sessions: http://www.gf.su.ac.yu/~ruza

Final Year Projects - Diploma Work.

Subject: 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.
    During the course students had lectures, tutorials and labs. There were six team projects. Students used AutoCAD, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, freehand drawings, photos and movies. At the end of projects they gave oral presentations.