International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

International Bamboo and Rattan Organization

Civil engineering students visit INBAR HQ

21 Jul 2017

INBAR welcomed participants of Nanjing Tech University’s civil engineering course to find out more about bamboo construction

On 5 July, INBAR co-organised a ‘Bamboo Village day’ in Beijing, as part of an international summer programme hosted by Nanjing Tech University. Students from the programme on civil engineering and architecture attended INBAR headquarters to learn about bamboo’s potential for construction.

Liu Kewei, INBAR’s Construction Taskforce Coordinator, introduces students to bamboo construction

The visit involved an introduction to INBAR by Director General Dr Hans Friederich, as well as a talk on bamboo construction by INBAR’s Coordinator of Global Bamboo Construction Programme. Participants were also shown around INBAR’s bamboo and rattan exhibition to learn about some of the thousands of ways in which these plants are used.

Participants on the summer programme included students from Nanjing Tech University, the University of Southern California, the University of Naples Federico II and the University of Reggio Calabria ‘Mediterranea’. Aside from visiting INBAR, the programme included seminars, discussion sessions, lab tours and visits to bamboo product manufacturers.

Training is a core component of INBAR’s work to promote the safe use and expansion of the bamboo and rattan industries. Training is conducted both in China – as per this recent seminar on standardisation, which involved participants from 40 countries – or in other Member countries.

INBAR is also a key part of the global dialogue on construction using bamboo, and works extensively with the International Standardisation Organisation on various construction-related issues. Recently, INBAR also published its guide on bamboo construction in Ecuador post-2016 earthquake, available in  English and Spanish.