2006-2007

WPI's Global Program Cited as a National Model by Chronicle of Higher Education

WPI's Global Perspective Program is one of three university programs cited as model approaches for internationalizing engineering education in a feature story in the June 1, 2007, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The article notes that WPI's program is uniquely effective in engaging students in other cultures and enabling them to experience firsthand the challenges and rewards of working as an engineer or scientist in the real world.

Worcester, Mass. -- WPI's Global Perspective Program is one of three university programs cited as model approaches for internationalizing engineering education in a feature story in the June 1, 2007, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education. The article, which includes a photo essay about a 2006 project completed in Namibia by a WPI student team, notes that WPI's program is uniquely effective in engaging students in other cultures and enabling them to experience firsthand the challenges and rewards of working as an engineer or scientist in the real world. Through the program, which was launched 30 years ago, more than half of all WPI undergraduates spend time overseas to solve important problems for local agencies and organizations. WPI maintains more than 20 project centers on five continents.

  • Read the Chronicle story. (PDF 5 MB) | The article is from the June 1, 2007, issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, which can be viewed online at the Chronicle's website.
  • Learn more about WPI's Global Perspective Program.
  • Read the final report on the energy trailer demonstration assessment project completed in Namibia by Tarra Epstein '07, Steven Feroli '07, Andrew Kennedy '07, and Sara Praschak '07. The project is featured in the Chronicle story.
  • Read more about the flood-control project that Nicole Labbe '07, Nicholas McBride '07, and Ethan Ray '07 completed in Namibia. Their work was recognized with a 2007 WPI President's IQP Award.
  • Learn about Nick McBride '07, winner of an NIH-Oxford/Cambridge Biomedical Research Scholarship, whose Namibia photos illustrate the Chronicle story.

May 30, 2007

Contact: Eileen Brangan Mell, Director of Public Relations, +1-508-831-6785, ebmell@wpi.edu