Bright ideas benefit of international exchange

Bright ideas benefit of international exchange

NSCC International provides leadership for NSCC's international activities to create a global outlook in our curriculum, student learning and employee experiences.

Fast Fact

The website of Hanze UAS cites Groningen as one of the top five best bike cities; 57 per cent of all transportation within the city is by bike.

It’s snowing in Groningen and the locals, undaunted as usual, tackle the slippery city streets by bicycle.  For Atlantic Canadian students studying energy efficiency, it’s a lesson not to be missed. Ten students and two faculty members – half from NSCC and half from Prince Edward Island’s Holland College – are participating in the latest leg of the Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment Exchange (EEBE) program in the Netherlands.  Part of this international experience means joining in and taking to their bikes too.

The three-week exchange - hosted by Hanze University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Groningen - includes teaming up with Dutch students to help a local sporting complex reduce energy consumption.

“As a student enrolled in the Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology program, it has been a real education to witness discussions on how sustainable practices are achieved in the Netherlands,” says NSCC student Adam Maxner. “Mild weather conditions and high oil and electricity prices seem to drive the focus of energy conservation to the development and maximization of mechanical systems. Participating in roundtable, brain-storming discussions was a valuable experience and will be a tactic that comes home with me.”

In addition to project work, the students visit companies that specialize in renewable energies and study innovative mechanical systems at Hanze UAS Groningen.

Getting a taste of local culture is also an important part of this exchange program.  The Canadian students toured parts of the Netherlands and neighbouring parts of Europe by bicycle and train.

NSCC Architectural Engineering Technician student Chelsea Code-McNeil describes one of her highlights. “One of the weekends involved a bike trip to the farmland area outside Groningen with the goal of finding some old windmills. We were successful, even meeting an engineer fixing a windmill built in 1904 who was kind enough to let us inside for a look around.”

At the close of the project, it is clear the Canadian students and faculty have benefitted not only in their college program studies but culturally as well. “The most important thing we have achieved with this exchange is the connection made among institutions. It will lead to future partnerships in the classroom and beyond,” says NSCC faculty Gord Wilkie.

Nova Scotia will have a chance to play host this May and June (2013), when the final exchange within the three-year EEBE program - funded through the Canadian government and the European Union - heads to the province and NSCC. 

17/02/13

NSCC International provides leadership for NSCC's international activities to create a global outlook in our curriculum, student learning and employee experiences.

Fast Fact

The website of Hanze UAS cites Groningen as one of the top five best bike cities; 57 per cent of all transportation within the city is by bike.

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