Building links with China

If you were offered a two-week tour of China as part of your study what would your answer be? For six lucky Central Building and Construction students the response was a resounding ‘yes’.

In recent times, China has become an economic powerhouse. Its rapid expansion has lead to massive development and diversity in construction and infrastructure. Great news if you’re a Central Building and Construction student.

Central has delivered courses in China for ten years and continues to expand its portfolio.

In June this year, Building and Construction Lecturer Maxine Plowright led the group of students through several cities in China as part of the AsiaBound Grants Program.

The aim of the tour was not only to explore Chinese architecture and culture, but to encourage interaction and build relationships between Central and two Chinese institutes – Jinhua Polytechnic and Jiangsu College of Engineering and Technology.

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The tour began in Jinhua (in the Zhejiang Province), before exploring Shanghai and Jiangsu (in the Nantong Province). Stella Bu, Central’s representative in China guided the students with support from students from the two institutes.

During the diverse and eye opening tour, Central students explored a broad range of architectural styles in China including Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque, Classicism and Renaissance.

In addition to learning about the diverse range of architecture in China, students learnt about Chinese culture, including calligraphy, woodcarving, and most importantly, how to make the perfect dumpling.

Central remains committed to seeking international experience for our students.  The broadening of opportunities, coupled with the exposure to new skills, is an invaluable learning curve for students before they embark on their subsequent careers.