An international program offering hands-on, interdisciplinary projects that prepare students for real-world issues facing engineers in their home country is sure to attract high-quality attendees. And when it offers exposure to new cultures and novel educational methods, it attracts the best and brightest. In its fourth year, the University of Missouri’s King Abdulaziz University Internship for Engineering students has the formula down pat.
The six week-long internship saw 24 students from King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, come to Columbia to learn and work on projects as part of a curriculum designed by MU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Professor and Distingushed Adjunct Professor with KAU, Ahmed Sherif El-Gizawy. The program utilizes project based learning (PBL), which is a method of education that teaches students skills by allowing them to work through complex, real-world challenges.