In May 2012, Universidad Europea de Madrid hosted their first Civil Engineering Week. The series, organized by the Polytechnic School, was attended by students, faculty members and representatives from leading employers and organizations, which are focused on the latest international trends in the world of engineering with the aim of uncovering new opportunities in the sector. The event took place on the Villaviciosa de Odon campus. The week was organized during the holidays to celebrate Santo Domingo de la Calzada, the patron saint of civil engineering.
The first day, entitled "The Engineer in Society", focused on employment opportunities for civil engineers beyond public works construction. Jesus Martinez Alegre and Miguel Angel Carrillo, Deans of the Colleges of Public Works Engineering and Civil Engineering, respectively, analyzed the situation together with professionals from companies like Euroconsult, A. T. Kearney, Sacyr Vallehermoso and Gransolar Group.
Other topics discussed were "Tunnels and Bridge Foundations", a day focused on highly technical details and human resources. In this session, students received information of interest for joining the workplace in the future, how to successfully navigate the interview and selection process and consulting opportunities for civil engineers, among others.
The week dedicated to Civil Engineering ended with an interesting session focused on "Internationality in Civil Engineering." Representatives of leading Spanish companies in the sector shared with students some of the most emblematic projects of recent times like the construction of the third set of locks of the Panama Canal, the Yescas Dam in Mexico, highways in Texas or the high speed train from Medina to Mecca.
UEM considers proximity with the professional world to be essential in ensuring that students earn a quality education and have superior professional opportunities after graduation. The organization of conferences such as the Civil Engineering Week strengthens this pillar by bringing the latest trends in the sector to the classroom directly from employers.
This article was originally written in Spanish and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.