China environmental challenges study tour | RMIT University

The China Environmental
Challenges study tour gives our environmental
engineering and science students a chance to go to China
and learn firsthand about some of China’s
environmental challenges. (Chinese lute music) – We were basically just
given an open-ended question, was how can we solve a particular environmental issue in China. – I decided to go to
China for the study tour because I thought it
was something different, and I needed something to
do for my science project, which is a core subject for my course. – Assessment involves both
individual and group components, so I get the students to do an individual research assessment before they come on the trip. After that, while they’re in China, we get them to actually form groups and start to select a
particular challenge. – The activities were mostly visiting research organisations, not for profits, and speaking with different academics who were doing research
in different areas. – Yeah, so we explored a range of issues facing water, soil, and
atmospheric sciences, and then also working with fellow students in environmental science,
and also across engineering. See how we all collaborate
and work together towards a common goal. – We took the students to see the South-to-North Water Transfer Project. We took them out to the
Fankou Mine in Southern China, and we also take them out
to the North China Plain, which is one of the main areas where agriculture is
practised in northern China and looked at some of the
water-saving technologies that they’re developing there. There’s a whole range of activities we get them involved in. – The site visits were really great. They’ve got a lot of access to some quite sophisticated technology with regards to ground water, both in the field and
on pilot study sites. – The highlight of the
project work was initially going over there with
no idea what I wanted my science project to be, and then coming back with a concise answer of what it was, and it was something I’d
never even considered. So, I thought that was very rewarding. – The highlight for me is
really seeing the students go that next level and start to engage and get involved with the
activities that we’re doing. I think there was a
really high level of value for the time that we spent in China in terms of what we were able to do. – The things we study at
uni are really applicable to challenges in other countries. Although the environmental challenges that oppose the likes
of China may seem huge, the stuff we learn really is applicable and we can at least make a start on making things better. – It was a great opportunity
to witness a new culture and a new landscape, and
that’s always an exciting time. Then also doing that with a group of like-minded people was also something. It was a very big highlight of mine. – I think the most
important thing I learnt from the trip, was just that what I’ve been working toward
and what I’ve been studying is definitely what I want to do. Having the opportunity
to see things in practise out in the field just confirmed for me that I’ll be heading in the right direction and that I really enjoyed it.

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