Vancouver Summer Program: second year a success

Friday, September 16, 2016 | By Lindsay Cashin

For the second year in a row, UBC Civil Engineering welcomed an international group of university students for four weeks of learning and exploration at UBC-Vancouver as part of the Vancouver Summer Program. The program, designed to give students from UBC partner universities the opportunity to study at a world-renowned university while improving their English skills and learning about Canadian society, attracted hundreds of students to UBC-Vancouver to take academic courses in subjects ranging from law and business to medicine and arts.

The Civil Engineering program, under the leadership of Professor Nemy Banthia, included two intensive courses on the topic of civil engineering materials. The students came from a range of engineering and science backgrounds; and for many, these courses were a first exposure to a civil engineering topic. Nevertheless, this energetic group worked hard to master the challenging academic material while enjoying an exciting social and activity program outside study time.

The program concluded with a poster session wherein the students showcased their group course-work, and a mini-grad celebration. The students were delighted with their accomplishment and their overall experience. One commented “After studying at UBC, I have realized that it is much better (than I) expected…professors are so experienced and always friendly…I feel it is a really good department overall, and even the atmosphere is great.” UBC Civil Engineering looks forward to welcoming future cohorts of students via the Vancouver Summer Program in the years to come.