Background on host

The Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT, UK)
The Institute of concrete technology (ICT), established in 1972, is a professional subsidiary of the Engineering Committee. As a professional development organization for the concrete industry, the Institute has always been aiming at "promoting concrete technology to become a recognized engineering discipline and further consolidating the professional status of global concrete technicians". ICT is a promoter of the sustainable development of the industry, and has been widely recognized internationally. The ICT diploma has a globally recognized qualification as a leader in the field of concrete technology. Moreover, all those who obtain ICT diploma or master's degree in advanced concrete technology can become full members of the British Institute of Concrete Technology. In the internal management of the Institute, it follows a hierarchical membership system, whereby members above the student level are divided into different grades that reflect the experience and ability of candidates. The grading membership system has a positive guiding role to encourage concrete technicians to join in early stages of their careers. In addition, the Institute also formulated high education standards and required members to comply with professional codes of conduct.

China Three Gorges University (CTGU, China)
Having been approved by the Ministry of Education, China Three Gorges University (CTGU) was founded on June 29, 2000, comprising the former Wuhan University of Hydraulic and Electric Engineering/Yichang and the former Hubei Sanxia College. The history of CTGU can be dated back to 1946, while the bachelor education started from 1978, and the postgraduate and international student education began from 1996. CTGU has the qualification to confer the degrees of bachelor, master, and doctor, and to recruit international students of China Scholarship Council (CSC) scholarship and membership of UNAI. Moreover, the Ministry of Water Resources and the People’s Government of Hubei Province signed agreements in 2009 to build CTGU in joint effort. CTGU was awarded with “Advanced unit of opening up” by Hubei Provincial government in 2010; and was awarded with “Demonstration base of international student education” in 2014. In 2018, it was listed as a "first-class university in China" by the People’s Government of Hubei Province, and three disciplines including water conservancy engineering, civil engineering, and electrical engineering were listed as "first-class discipline construction disciplines in China". At present, CTGU is carrying out the national education plan, impelling the construction and development of connotation and vigorously implementing the four principles of “characteristic development, innovative reform, opening education and leading brand”, sparing no effort to realize the educational goal as “Building a high-level and comprehensive university with distinctive hydropower characteristics”.

University College London (UCL, UK)
UCL, founded in 1826, is the leading multidisciplinary university in London. It has rich teaching resources and large teaching staff, with about 35,600 students and 12,000 teaching staff. The university is one of the members of Russell Group and G5 Group, and has long been rated as the world-class university (currently ranked No 7 in the world by QS). Among the many departments of the university, the department of civil engineering, environmental engineering and geological engineering, as a multidisciplinary department, has a long history and excellent tradition in teaching and research. At present, it has the largest research project of the Engineering and Physical Science Research Committee (EPSRC) in the field of civil engineering.