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  • [Originally published in November 2011 D-Lab Digest]

    D-Lab Student at Avani Solar Workshop

    D-Lab is piloting MIT’s newest study abroad program this spring! D-Lab Study Abroad is a unique collaboration between D-Lab and the Global Education and Career Development Center that gives MIT undergraduates the opportunity to live, work, and learn in a developing country for a semester while earning MIT credit. We are very excited to expand student experiences in the field, to deepen our community partnerships, and to increase the impact of the D-Lab program through D-Lab Study Abroad.

  • Geochemical mapping fieldwork in Morocco. Analysis of agricultural product design and technology in China. Investigation into microfinance in India. Field testing of the Leveraged Freedom Chair in Guatemala…

    These are just a few of the research projects conducted by MIT undergraduates as part of the International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) during the 2010-2011 academic year and summer 2011. Students conducted research around the world in 18 different countries including Ecuador, Senegal, and South Korea.

  • Global Education & Career Development (GECD) celebrated 10 successful years of the Cambridge-MIT Exchange (CME) this past June with an alumni event attended by over 60 people. Guests included former students and their families, MIT faculty and staff, and visiting colleagues from Cambridge University (UK). The event was held in the Winter Garden Room of the New Media Lab.

  • We are excited to announce D-Lab Study Abroad, a new collaboration between D-Lab and the Global Education Office that will give you the chance to spend a semester living, working and learning in a developing country while earning MIT credit!

  • Global Education & Career Development successfully launched its first Global Fellows program this summer. What is the Global Fellows Program?

    • A five-day intensive workshop for 40 PhD students: half from MIT and half from Imperial College London
    • Led by staff and faculty from Imperial College and MIT
    • Focused on professional transferable skills training: collaboration, team work, project planning and development, communication and presentation skills, networking
    • Sponsored on the MIT side by DUE and ODGE
    • The vision: a yearly workshop alternately housed at MIT and at Imperial College

    The Global Fellows Program began with a conversation between Dean Dan Hastings and colleagues from Imperial College London over a year ago. Since the two institutions have so much in common, can we provide more opportunities for our students to connect with one another?

  • Though many students consider going abroad during the summer, they are often deterred by the cost. This year, GECD: Global Education was able to offer new funding options for summer study abroad, resulting in a flurry of interest from students.

  • GECD is excited to announce the formation of a new exchange program with the prestigious Institut d'Études Politiques in Paris. The Institut, known as Sciences Po, is a major research university in the social sciences with a demonstrated commitment to international teaching and learning. This is not the beginning of MIT’s relationship with Sciences Po. Professors including Suzanne Berger and Kathleen Thelen of the Political Science department have taught there, and MIT grad students and undergrads have gone there to conduct research or take classes exploring French language and culture.

    GECD Global LogoSciences Po Paris Logo

  • Attracting over 200 students, the 2010 Go Global Fair held on September 16 was a tremendous success. Hosted by the Global Education Office, the Go Global Fair is an annual event where MIT's global opportunity programs come together in one place to share information about the wide range of opportunities available to students to go global, including study, intern, public service and research abroad.

  • Terrsacope Students in Abu DhabiA group of 58 Terrascope students, alumni mentors, and staff spent spring break in Abu Dhabi learning first hand about the oil-rich country’s ambitious plans to develop renewable energy. This visit was part of students’ year long study of ways to combat the global rise in CO2 and other greenhouse gas levels that contribute to global warming.

    Abu Dhabi was chosen as the site for the annual field trip because of the ambitious goals of country’s Masdar Initiative with its strong focus on sustainability and the development of renewable energy technologies. As carbon management is a key component of the Masdar Initiative, Terrascope students traveled to the United Arab Emirates to see first-hand the work being done there to develop relevant new technologies.

  • D-Lab Spring Showcase demonstrationOn May 8th, D-Lab hosted its annual Spring Showcase open to the public at the MIT Museum, which featured project presentations and technology demonstrations from the growing family of D-Lab classes. 26 student teams from six D-Lab classes – Design, Dissemination, Energy, Health, Prosthetics and Wheelchairs – presented on their class projects and demonstrated prototypes.

    Projects included a cook stove for burning pine needles as an alternative fuel source in India (pictured), a device for distilling salt water to replenish deep cycle batteries for solar power installations in Nicaragua, and an affordable high performance knee prosthesis for communities in the developing world. Students worked in project teams on selected design challenges throughout the semester, with guidance from D-Lab instructors, mentors and community partners in the field. A partial listing of class projects is available at