Recently, a team of 18 undergraduates led by Associate Professor Zhao Guangyan and Students Counselor Liu Qiannan from the School of Reliability and Systems Engineering took part in the 2018 BUAA – Rutgers Summer School.
Planned and prepared by BUAA and Rutgers University jointly, the summer school aimed at broadening the international horizon and enhancing the academic ability of students. 18 junior and senior students were selected based on their academic performance and English interviews.
The summer school lasted for three weeks. John from France and other four teachers from Rutgers University gave four English courses including Innovation, Engineering, Debate, and Graduate Prepare Writing, to guide students to learn, discuss, think, practice and summarize. Through paper writing, group debate, and presentation of results, the students developed their ability of innovation as well as cross-cultural communication and understanding, learnt about the basic elements and thinking mode of innovation practice, and raised their awareness to solve practical problems with engineering thinking.
Besides study, they visited the libraries, art galleries and churches of Rutgers University and enjoyed the remarkable scenery of New Brunswick, which deepened their understanding of western history, religion, architecture and campus life. In addition, they had an in-depth conversation about the study, life, and abroad career planning with their senior Lei Bo, who is currently pursuing a PhD at Rutgers University.
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and one of the Public Ivies. Established in 1766, Rutgers was originally chartered as Queen's College. It has the largest teaching and research team in reliability, and has set up a good relationship in scientific research exchanges and academic cooperation with Beihang for a long time.
For the School of Reliability and Systems Engineering, the 2018 BUAA – Rutgers Summer School is one of its major international exchange programs and an essential step to internationalize the school. By organizing short-term student exchange program, the school learns about characteristics of foreign universities, impetuses students’ understanding of the development and related scientific research on reliability, and makes continuous efforts to cultivate first-class reliability and system engineering talents who have engineering and technical advantages.
Reported by Liu Qiannan
Edited by Song Chao
Translated by Zhao Yue