Engineering students get onsite experience


Twenty-five Civil Engineering students from Solomon Islands National University (SINU) have gained onsite experience from visit to the new Honiara International Airport yesterday.

Led by Senior Lecturer Cyril Rachman, the students were updated on the progress of the project and learned what is expected of them after completing their studies.

Mr Rachman in an interview said the site visit helps his students to realise what they learn has huge application in industries which will motivate them in their studies.

SINU Civil Engineering students, staff and officials pose group photo at the newly completed Apron

He said the site visit is part of the student assessment that comes about following their participation at the recent Infrastructure symposium held in Honiara on 21-22 October 2021.

He said Solomon Islands is a developing country where most engineers engaged in infrastructure projects in the country are foreigners.

He said when left it becomes a problem for the country.

Students during their site visit yesterday

He said with more students taking up civil engineering program at SINU it will solve the problem.

“When they go, we can do it,” he said

He said the country for that matter need more engineers because our country is developing.

Two female engineers Dulcie Asuta and Farlaii Floyd with Senior Lecturer Cyril Rachman, left and Tetsuya Ishikawa

“You might not know in the future we might send engineers to other countries instead of sending them for seasonal work scheme.

“We have already sent nurses to Vanuatu and we can send more engineers oversea because we are known as hardworking people,” he said.

He said huge infrastructures are underway towards hosting the 2023 Pacific Games and the work of engineers is important more than ever.

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