"Civil Engineering is the art of directing the great sources of power in nature for the use and convenience of man, as the means of production and of traffic in states, both for external and internal trade, as applied in the construction of roads, bridges, aqueducts, canals, river navigation and docks for internal intercourse navigation by artificial power for the purposes of commerce, and in the construction and application of machinery, and in the drainage of cities and towns."
Civil Engineering has been an aspect of life since the beginning of human existence. Civil engineering might be considered properly commencing between 4000 and 2000 BC in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia when humans started to abandon a nomadic existence, thus causing a need for the construction of shelter.
The construction of Pyramids in Egypt (circa 2700-2500 BC) might be considered the first instances of large structure constructions. Other ancient historic civil engineering constructions include the Parthenon by Iktinos in Ancient Greece (447-438 BC)
In 1818 the Institution of Civil Engineers was founded in London, and in 1820 the eminent engineer Thomas Telford became its first president. The institution received a Royal Charter in 1828, formally recognising civil engineering as a profession. In India pioneering work is done by the eminent engineers like Sir M.Visveswariya
Civil engineering is a broad field of engineering that deals with the planning, construction, operation and maintenance of fixed structures or public infrastructure, as they are related to earth, water, or civilization and their processes. In essence civil engineering is the profession which makes the world a more habitable place to live. Hence the civil engineer seeks innovative solutions to tackle the ever-changing problems associated with the living environment, i.e., how we live, work, travel and play.
Thus as long as a higher standard of living is demanded, there will be a need for civil engineers to develop and design better living environment. As the broadest field in engineering, civil engineering requires the integration of many areas of specialties.
Our CE Programme aims to produce engineering leaders and provide our graduates with multiple career pathways. Fundamentals will be sufficiently covered and with flexible curriculum structure, our students are able to tailor their programmes to suit their aspiration whether to become specialists to tackle challenging CE projects or to cover the broad spectrum of civil engineering and management to be CEOs, CFOs, bankers, regulators or policy makers.