American Society of Civil Engineers

Educational Partnership to Establish Engineering/Construction Management Graduate Programs in Algeria

by S. E. Grasman, Ph.D., (Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Engrg. Mgmt., 230 Engineering Management, Univ. of Missouri – Rolla, Rolla, MO 65409-0370. E-mail:, A. Belarbi, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, (Distinguished Prof. & Asst. Chair for Distance Education, Dept. of Civ., Arch. and Envir. Engrg., 323 Butler-Carlton Hall, Univ. of Missouri – Rolla, Rolla, MO 65409-0030. E-mail:, C. Saygin, Ph.D., (Dept. of Mech. Engrg., Univ. of Texas – San Antonio, TX San Antonio, TX 78249-0670), and A. Baghli, (Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. Abou-Bekr Belkaı¨d de Tlemcen, Algeria)

Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, Vol. 134, No. 4, October 2008, pp. 353-358, (doi:

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Abstract: This paper describes a partnership between the University of Missouri – Rolla and the Université Abou-Bekr Belkaı¨d de Tlemcen in Algeria in order to support the development of programs of instruction and faculty training in Algeria in the areas of engineering and construction management in order to create a self-sustaining educational infrastructure in Algeria. Specifically, the partnership aims to provide educational and technical assistance to Algeria in order for them to develop: (1) new graduate programs in engineering and construction management and (2) modern teaching methodologies including Internet and distance learning. Objectives of the partnership were to provide engineering and construction management skills and expertise in order to achieve international standards in the management area. The desired impact is summarized in terms of the ability to identify operations problems and implement solutions for improved strategic competitiveness, make sound decisions, plan, and control the key resources of an organization — money and people, critically analyze, evaluate, improve, or adapt existing technical and managerial systems, design and develop new technical and managerial systems, and coordinate different projects with a better harmony and cost effectiveness. The long-term expected outcomes of the partnership are Algerian faculty with strong backgrounds in engineering and construction management, a self-sustained learning environment for Algerian institutions, including engineering management and construction management graduate programs, continuing education, and short courses, and Internet-based multimedia teaching material for collaboration between the Algerian institutions and local industry.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Construction management
Graduate study
Engineering education