From August 20 to 26, 2017, the Department of Civil Engineering and Urban Design held an International Project-Based Learning (iPBL) program with National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST), one of our partner universities in Taiwan. Ten students from OIT and the same number of students from NTUST participated in the program. Split into five teams, they worked on the goal to build a bridge model with given materials that endures a 30-Kg load for one minute.
After the orientation, the students in each team discussed their ideas, made drawings with CAD software, and built their bridge models. At the end of each day, they reported their progress in a group presentation session and had a Q&A session to exchange opinions with all the students. All the communications were done in English as their common language.
In addition to the main work, they visited Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge, well-known as the longest suspension bridge in the world, to learn its structure.
On the last day of the program, each team gave a presentation of its bridge model. After the presentations, load testing was held to check stability and usability of the models. The models were evaluated from three aspects: strength, design, and presentation. The results were announced at the award ceremony.
Since NTSUT and OIT concluded the MOU in 2013, the relationship of the two institutes has been cultivated through implementation of iPBL programs and other types of student exchange programs.