The world of civil engineering is still largely dominated by the US.
But China, Russia and other emerging markets are looking to the US as a source of expertise.
“What I would say is that the Chinese government is very, very much in favour of having a more open and transparent approach to civil engineering,” says James Hodge, who heads the Centre for Global Governance and the China-Russia Strategic Partnership at the Australian National University.
The two countries have long fought over civil engineering credentials.
The US has awarded some 1,600 degrees in the last 30 years, while China has awarded nearly 1,400.
In 2014, the US government announced a new program aimed at boosting US participation in civil engineering.
US civil engineers will receive $25 million, US-funded infrastructure projects will be awarded $25.5 million and China will contribute $5.5 billion to help US civil engineering schools open up and train more engineers.
“It’s not necessarily a Chinese thing,” says Mr Hodge.
“It’s a US thing.”
The Chinese government wants to see more US civil servants trained in civil engineer disciplines, particularly in areas such as civil engineering and civil engineering infrastructure.
“We don’t want to be so much a victim of the US, we want to go to the American side and work with them and try to find common ground,” says Zeng Xiaoming, the director of the China Institute of Civil Engineering.
“But we want our own ideas and our own expertise to be part of this effort.”
A ‘big change’ in civil engineers China’s civil engineering programs, which are currently dominated by Americans, have been a major change from the US’ traditional approach.
In recent years, China has seen an influx of Chinese engineers, including some who have worked in the US for many years, who have returned to their home country to take up their work in China.
In an effort to expand their expertise, China is now considering hiring a team of up to 300 Chinese engineers to work in infrastructure projects across the country.
“The Chinese have always been the world leaders in civil and civil infrastructure engineering,” Ms Wang says.
“And now, I think they are really going to change their approach.”
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