DkIT Computing Students on International Project in France23 March 2017
6 international students and 4 Irish students from Year 2 of DkIT’s B.Sc. Honours Computing Degree Programme travelled to DkIT’s Erasmus French partner University of Artois, from the 27th February until 4th March.
Based in the city of Lens, the students collaborated on a one-week Intensive Project with 23 Multimedia students of IUT Lens, building a web-tourism application using the Meteor platform.
The aim of this project was to enhance students’ technical skills while developing intercultural competence.
Over the course of the week, all students received invaluable input from IUT Lens Lecturers and DkIT Lecturers Derek O’Reilly and Enda Finn on UX, UI and usability for the project using the Meteor.js platform. Students got to experience real French culture by living with their French hosts. At the end of the week the students presented their website in a formal presentation. “The final websites exceeded expectations” commented DkIT Lecturer Derek O’Reilly.
The IUT Lens Student Union planned activities for the DkIT students. Year 2 DkIT student, Amar Ghale from Nepal recalled: “We had great fun working with the French students. They organised Laser Tag games, we went on an excursion to Vimy National Memorial, and the students hosted a party night in the Irish Tavern.”
This intensive week provided the students with invaluable skills that exposed to them the fundamental principles of team-working. They learnt how to work together to overcome obstacles and problem-solve.
“After the project, I learnt that real communication and teamwork are key to project success; it was a pleasure for me to join the programme and to work with the French students, I have learned a tonne of new stuff for frontend and backend coding”, said DkIT Malaysian student, Yuan Jin Lim.
Pei Ling Chong from Malaysia added “As an international student, I was surprised and delighted to have been chosen for this project! For me, it is not only a chance to create a web application with the French students, but also an opportunity to mix with Irish students during the trip. We had 5 Chinese-speaking Students in our group, but we did our best to avoid speaking Chinese, so that everyone could join in the conversation.”