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16.12.2010 Education

International Feel To Norfolk Field Trip

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Students from across the globe visited Norfolk's road sea and energy sites to gain engineering know-how which could one day shape their home countries – including the 2022 World Cup host, Qatar.

The 36 students of the University of Derby, UK, from countries including Sri Lanka, Poland, Russia, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi, Iran, India, Vietnam and the UK visited Norfolk as part of their (BEng) Civil Engineering and Built Environment Infrastructure degree courses.

University Programme Leader for Civil Engineering, Brian Counter, said: “Our courses have a very international appeal because we look specifically at infrastructure, railways, roads and water. People with knowledge and skills in these areas are in high demand in places that are still developing, so our students look forward to taking their degree back with them and shaping the transport and building infrastructure in their countries.”

“For our four students from Qatar, what they learn on this programme may help them develop the infrastructure their country needs to host the 2022 World Cup, for example.”

During the two-day field trip to Norfolk, the students visited the Construction Skills Centre near Kings Lynn, investigated sea defences and the pier at Cromer, and examined highway and railway developments and land reclamation. They also visited the tallest wind turbine in the UKat Swaffham.

Siva Dharsan, 24, from Sri Lanka, who is studying towards a BEng (Hons) Civil Infrastructure, said: “What I am learning on this programme at Derby will be very useful to me back home in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is still a developing country and I hope to work in government or highways to improve its infrastructure.”

Peiman Imanbeigi, 26, from Iran(BEng (Hons) Civil Infrastructure) said: “The field trip was fantastic, and really useful to me. I'm interested in working in road and bridge systems when I return to Iranin the future.”

Many of the international students have come to the Universityof Derby to study for one year to top-up their qualifications gained at international or UK universities to BEng (Hons) in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. For more information on these courses visit:

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