It gives me great pleasure to present to all of the members of the Academic Community of this Faculty, the project of the International Engineering Seminar. This initiative, led by the Engineering Faculty in the Bogotá Campus, is a product of the necessity of the joint vision of the schools of Engineering at the National University of Colombia, that contributes to the articulation of the academic experiences of all of the schools and campuses. In this project the four Schools of Engineering at the National University, respecting the individuality of each campus, developed a project that includes the participation of all students in all engineering programs regardless of the campus. Each campus will arrange the courses that will be held there and will supply the required resources for this program. In the framework of the commitment to the Academic Excellence, we must highlight that the completion of this project is part of the internationalization process of the schools of engineering.
Through this seminar the Faculty can increase and strengthen its dialog with globally diverse universities. This will contribute to the increase in engineering knowledge and the opening of new teaching techniques. The visit of the international invitees, coming from different excellent universities in the field of engineering, will construct a platform for continuous academic dialogue.
This will be a valuable opportunity for students that have not had the chance to participate in an international program. It is hoped that this project will contribute to their personal and academic development, and permits them to experience, in their own campus, an international environment.
The principal objectives of this Seminar that will be held during the summer semester of 2007, are as follows:
a. The circulation of cutting edge knowledge in specific topics and disciplines of engineering.
b. The improvement of the English language.
c. Cultural understanding of other countries through the visiting professors.
d. The possibility to share traditional content offered in our courses with those taught in other academic cultures that permits us to compare and evaluate other methods of teaching.
Under the direction of the Dean of the School of Engineering and in coordination with the Office of International Relations, an academic support team was formed to organize this event. This support team consists of engineering professors that received their doctoral training in foreign universities and institutions.
The series of International Engineering lectures and courses will consist of five (5) graduate courses, which can be taken as elective courses for undergraduate students. These courses will be taught during the summer semester in 2007 (June 15th-July 15th), by highly qualified and respected foreign professors from some of the best engineering universities in the world. We are sure that the visiting professors will supply innovations in the field of engineering which they specialize in. The courses will be supported in large part by National University professors who will assist the visiting professors in the formulation of academic material. All the courses will be taught in English, including those taught by the local professors, and students must complete their work and tests in English.
The courses will consist of 64 instructional hours as follows: 4 hours per day, 4 days per week for 4 weeks. Due to the intensive nature of the course schedule, each student will only be able to enroll in one course offered during the series. Undergraduate students who enroll can not apply the course to their graduation requirements. The students also must demonstrate their proficiency in English that permits them to be able to understand the material assigned by the professors and participate in class discussions.
From the five (5) courses offered, three (3) will be offered at the Bogotá campus and the other two (2) offered at the Medellín campus with support from the Bogotá campus. Students from each campus will be free to enroll in any of the courses offered, in either campus.
The Deans of the Schools of Engineering have agreed that each campus will be financially responsible for the lodging and meals of the students who will travel to take these courses, agreeing also on the number of students each campus will receive.
The International Engineering Seminar has its own website which allows students to identify and request participation in the courses without cost. After they have been approved they can enroll with a cost of COP$50.000.oo for non- National University participants and graduate students of the National University, and COP$25.000.oo for undergraduate students of the National University. Finally, participants will matriculate with the costs indicated as follows.
In each course they can register a maximum of ten (10) non-National University participants through the continuing education program (extension). The ideal number of students per class is 30. The cost of the course for non-National University participants will be COP$800,000.oo for the theoretical course and COP $1,000,000.oo for theoretical and practical course (ex. Electromagnetic Compatibility). For the graduate students of the Schools of Engineering each course will be COP$400,000.oo; undergraduate students will have a small fee for registration (COP$25.000.oo)
It is hoped that 10 spaces will be for undergraduate students, 10 for graduate students from the National University and 10 for non-National University participants. Having the opportunity to receive participant from different campuses as well as graduate students and non-National University participants will enrich these courses from which all will benefit.
Following are the courses that will be offered through the International Engineering Seminar at the Bogotá Campus:
. Advanced Algorithms
. Theoretical and Practical Electromagnetic Compatibility: Lightning and Waves
. Operations & Production Analysis
Following are the courses that will be offered through the International Engineering Seminar at the Medellín Campus:
. Dynamics and Control of Robots
. Tools for Sustainable Management of Lakes, Catchments and Estuaries
DIEGO F. HERNÁNDEZ L.
Dean, School of Engineering
Universidad Nacional de Colombia