China Construction Tour

Students and faculty from the Department of Construction Management pose in front of the iconic Bird's Nest Olympic stadium in Beijing, China.

East Carolina’s Department of Construction Management has established itself as one of the leading programs of its kind in the country, and for many years has prepared students to realize successful, rewarding careers in the construction industry here at home. Now, it’s gone global.

This summer, 13 students and four faculty members from ECU’s construction management department participated in an intensive, three-week study abroad program in China, the country with the greatest volume of construction currently taking place anywhere in the world.

The trip put students into the heart of the planet’s largest construction boom. A place where four of the 10 largest construction projects in the world are currently under way, where massive cranes dot the skyline of every major city, and where opportunity is an almost limitless resource. But for all of China’s rapid development and feverish growth, it is also a country with a tremendous architectural past and a legacy of epic undertakings in construction. The trip provided students with the opportunity to steep themselves in the history of their future profession dating back thousands of years.

The summer of 2008 was nothing if not memorable for China—both for triumph and tragedy. In May, a catastrophic earthquake ravaged cities in the eastern part of the country, killing an estimated 70,000 people. In August, the spectacular 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing reintroduced the world to a country that has remained largely closed to the outside world for the past 50 years. read more -->