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ACC Schools Collaborate
December 10, 2007

Students enrolled in the Virginia Tech sponsored course, Project Management in the Global Village, participated in a six week study abroad experience to Vietnam, working alongside indigenous community professionals to perform on-site needs assessments of technological and sociological factors of relief and development in several villages in the Mekong Delta.

The project, sponsored by the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) International Academic Collaboration program, is part of Virginia Tech’s Myers-Lawson School of Construction Center for Leadership in Construction. This program provides students with international engagement experiences that focus on enriching their skills to help meet the demands of globalization.

As a component of their courses in Vietnamese culture, students performed on-site needs assessments of technological and sociological factors of relief and development in several villages in the Mekong Delta. These assessments were developed with assistance from Duong Ni, an agricultural scientist and environmentalist at Can Tho University.

The service-learning portion of this curriculum engaged the students in three projects, two “Mercy” Houses and the building of a bridge. The Mercy houses were constructed using the Habitat for Humanity concept, where villagers assisted in the building process.

Students enrolled in the Virginia Tech course kept journals of their construction experiences in the village. The course focused upon key principles of project management, including cost and time, quality, contract administration and safety. The students investigated various phases of the construction process to include pre-design, design, procurement, construction and post-construction issues for the Mercy houses and the bridge project.


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