ICE President Anusha Shah’s first international visit was to Beijing and Ningbo in China.
They started in China’s capital, Beijing.
They met with China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC), the world’s third largest construction company. It’s also the parent company of engineering contractor, China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC), the ICE’s licensor in China.
They exchanged views on further deepening practical cooperation.
CCCC is responsible for 10% of the world’s road construction, 15% of the world's rail and 20% of airport construction.
CHEC’s infrastructure portfolio includes marine engineering, dredging and reclamation, road and bridge, railway, airport, and equipment assembly.
They also have expertise in building, municipal works, environmental, hydraulic engineering, power plant and energy, and resource exploration.
International career development
During the meeting, CCCC deputy general manager, Chen Chong, thanked the ICE for its support and trust to the CCCC Group. He then talked about the international development of the company.
The CCCC Group, as a world-renowned mega infrastructure comprehensive service provider, attaches great importance to technological innovation, standardisation and international talent cultivation.
And the ICE has important influence in the global civil engineering field.
As such, he hoped that the two sides will give full play to their respective advantages and deepen the exchanges and cooperation.
This would contribute to the promotion of the internationalised career development of outstanding civil engineers and the creation of more core values.
On behalf of the ICE, Anusha thanked CCCC in return for providing help and support for the institution’s development in China.
The ICE president also recognised CCCC's achievements in the field of global infrastructure over the years.
Knowledge exchange and best practice sharing
As a next step, with CCCC's rich global engineering experience and project resources, the ICE will seek to promote knowledge exchange and best practice sharing among its international member engineers.
This will help to play a more active role in solving the challenges faced by the world, such as climate change, energy saving and carbon reduction.
They were joined by Tang Qiaoqiao, director of overseas business and general manager of the overseas business department of CCCC, and relevant personnel from his department and China Harbour.
A huge thank you to Holly Guo, ICE Beijing manager, for all her hard work in organising the Beijing visit, making it all run so smoothly, and expertly guiding Anusha Shah and Janet Young from place to place for the entire day.
Next stop: Ningbo
The second part of the visit to China was for the ICE president to present to the International Engineering Education Symposium in Ningbo on the topic of engineering education and sustainable development.
The symposium focused on how engineering addresses challenges in society, such as carbon neutrality and artificial intelligence applications in a wide range of engineering fields.
Together they explored how engineering education accreditation can enhance the quality of future education and improve talent cultivation through the implementation of the Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies (GAPC21).
The symposium also promoted international collaboration in actively transforming the future of engineering education in various countries and regions of the world.
Anusha Shah presented on Assimilating the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals into Engineering Education.
Anusha’s presentation formed part of a forum attended by educators, industry professionals and engineering organisations.
It served as a platform to share insights, best practice and research findings related to preparing the next generation of engineers to address the urgent challenges of sustainable development.
Anusha hopes that it inspired collaboration and innovation in engineering education to create a more sustainable and equitable future.
Our sincere thanks to all the organisers: