Engaging students in life-changing experiences

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Agricultural and biological engineers were well equipped to solve the diverse challenges facing society. Experts debated whether students could be better prepared for an ever-changing, global economy by immersing them in life-changing study abroad programs. ASABE member, Alan Hansen strongly believed that a study abroad program could be one of the most critical learning environments for students when he initiated a project-based study abroad program at the University of Illinois in 2004. Alan envisioned a program that would combine cultural experience with technical experience through senior-level engineering projects in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. The one-month program extends from mid-July to mid-August and was structured to allow U of I students to team up with UKZN students to complete the construction and testing phases of their projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationResource: Engineering and Technology for Sustainable World
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Engineering


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