Mapúa hosts research internship of French student from ENTPE
Theo Michallet, a student from The École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État (ENTPE) in France, pursued his internship in the Philippines because of our country’s diverse culture and English-proficient community. Theo specialized in transportation research, and his interest in the CHED-PCARI-DARE Research Project headed by Mapúa University’s dean of School of Civil, Environmental and Geological Engineering, Dr. Francis Aldrine Uy, made him decide to do his internship at the University.
Theo’s internship lasted for five months, from April 9 to August 10, 2018. During the period, he was given a chance to explore new traffic simulation software and to improve his knowledge on GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and programming. He also learned some theoretical concepts underlying transport planning, such as traffic assignment optimization, and trip distribution.
“It’s my first time to be involved in an actual research project, and it helped me to develop [teamwork]. I realized that it’s important for an engineer to know how to work [well with others] and to be able to analyze the structure of the team,” said Michallet.
Overall, he had a worthwhile stay in the Philippines because he learned a lot about human, culture, and their interaction with the environment. He also thinks that Philippines is home to beautiful and magnificent places.
“I encourage every student to have an experience abroad especially here in Manila. It’s an experience that could be very useful for the personal and professional life. And it’s more fun in the Philippines,” he enthused.
Mapúa’s student exchange program is one of its international program offerings in response to its vision of becoming among the best universities in the world. Mapúa offers international on-the-job trainings, international plant visits, and student exchange programs in partnership with 84 universities and companies worldwide to provide its students opportunities for international experience necessary in today’s professional practice.