Twelve Maritime College students and faculty members spent three intensive days (beginning May 10) at City College of Glasgow being introduced to engineering marvels and maritime technological innovations in the Glasgow, Scotland area. Throughout their time there, students learned how Scottish ingenuity, creativity and culture have responded to environmental challenges. They visited two of Scotland’s most prestigious and innovative shipyards and three ship management companies. Students also took part in bridge simulation, ship piloting exercises and team building challenges at the College’s Riverside Campus as they learned the significance of leadership and communication. Their three-day experience concluded with a tour of City College of Glasgow’s main campus and its impressive facilities. Overall, students were grateful for the opportunity to learn about Glasgow, Scotland, City College of Glasgow, and forge a relationship with a sister maritime college.
This intensive study abroad course is designed to provide undergraduate students with the opportunity to put their academic coursework, theory and concepts learned in the classroom into real time practices as found in the international and global commercial venues. Students in the study abroad program have the opportunity to discuss critical 21st century topics and issues pertinent to global trade, commerce and transportation with academics, and practitioners in both the public and private sectors in each country visited.