PRIZE-WINNING engineering students from Moscow State and Belgorod Universities flew to London last month to witness the ICE in action.
Accompanied by a group which included tutors and professors from the Moscow State Academy of Water Transport and the Municipal Engineers University, the students were introduced to the work of the Institution in the international sector.
The group was welcomed to One Great George Street by international director John Whitwell and international vice-president Brian Crossley.
Talks were given on education and training, professional development, the international role of ICE and an introduction to the European Council of Civil Engineers.
Staff from Moscow State and Belgorod universities made progress towards the imminent accreditation of their universities.
Other members of the group were convinced of the benefits of ICE accreditation and pledged to pursue this within their own institutions on their return to Moscow.
Visiting the Millennium Dome at Greenwich, the group was intrigued at the scale of development. The visitors also responded enthusiastically to a guided tour of the Jubilee Line extension station at Westminster. They were impressed at the project's scale underground compared with the restricted site area at the surface.
Imperial College London civil engineering department welcomed the group, introducing them to the academic facilities research and testing laboratories.
Students and professors alike expressed their gratitude to the ICE for the insight into the status of the ICE both within the UK profession and worldwide.
The students particularly praised the methods of training and advancement and promised to introduce friends and colleagues to the ICE on their return to the Russian Federation.