Global Education News - 2007

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  • As a result of the Task Force report, our own discussions through the Global Theme team, and the work of the Global Educational Opportunities at MIT (GEOMIT) committee, there is now campus discussion about how we provide an international education for our students. The data from MITCO indicates that some 23% of our students in each class have an international educational experience at some time in their four years with us. There are three big types of experiences. These are study abroad experiences, international work experiences including internships, and international development. In the study abroad category, we have students who participate in the Cambridge MIT Exchange (CME) and MIT Madrid programs run through MITCO as well as departmental programs and student self-created study abroad programs.

  • Amy Smith and her D-lab team won $200K at the Global Development Marketplace Competition sponsored by the World Bank in Washington DC. Development Marketplace is a competitive grant program that funds innovative, small-scale development projects that deliver results and have the potential to be expanded or replicated. The team was one of 22 winners selected from 104 finalists and 2900 entrants. They developed technologies that produce affordable, clean-burning cooking charcoal from agricultural waste for use in Haiti.

  • DUE’s global theme is committed to ensuring that all MIT students have opportunities to appreciate and learn from other cultures. Kim Vandiver leads the global theme with a team comprised of Michael Bergren, Malgorzata Hedderick, Betsy Hicks, Shonool Malik, Sekazi Kauze Mtingwa, Sally Susnowitz, and Bernd Widdig.

    In the months ahead, this team will implement some of the strategy recommended by GEOMIT (Global Education Opportunities at MIT), a committee convened in June by Dan Hastings and led by Professors Linn Hobbs and Hazel Sive. The charge to the committee was to “develop a comprehensive strategy to ensure that, within five years, any MIT student who wishes to undertake meaningful study, work, or internships abroad may be able to do so without financial or academic penalty.” GEOMIT’s fifteen faculty and staff included several DUE representatives: Peggy Enders, Malgorzada Hedderick, Josh Jacobs, Elizabeth Reed and Kim Vandiver. Jennifer Cook staffed the committee.