The EngT 231 course focuses on three topics: leadership, ethics, and globalization. While in China you will experience these topics firsthand while studying about them.
Globalization is changing engineering and technology across the world. As a result, companies that design and manufacture products are more likely than ever before to be spread across multiple locations in the future. A major driver of this corporate “geo-spread” is the availability of inexpensive communications technology that will allow significant interaction between technical teams across long distances. Individuals with the inclination and preparation to pursue global opportunities will receive a broader and broader range of career options in the future, even as “off-shoring” threatens to diminish the number of technical positions in the U.S.
In addition to learning about leadership, ethics, and globalization, the program aims to increase students’ understanding of:
This will prepare students to take advantage of the new opportunities globalization provides and will prepare them to enter leadership roles in a variety of careers.
The program will take place approximately 4 May – 15 June. You will return home in time for summer term.
The following trips are planned during the study abroad:
All students attending the study abroad will take 6 course credits. One course is on global leadership and one is on Chinese culture and language.
All students will register “Intro to Chinese Culture and Language”. It will introduce students to Chinese culture, society, and the Chinese worldview. It will also provide an introduction to spoken Mandarin.
Brent Nelson, professor of electrical and computer engineering at BYU, initially created and was the first director of this program in 2007. He returned again as director in 2010, 2011, and in 2013. Nelson has been a member of the BYU faculty since 1984 and served as department chair from 1993 to 1997. He has traveled extensively throughout China over the past thirty years and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. During spring terms of 2008 and 2014, Nelson accompanied the BYU Ballroom Dance Company to China as their cultural advisor. He is excited to be returning to China again this year as director of this program.