Taking its mission of helping solve global problems to the next level, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has rolled out a new graduate program that prepares students with the skills, knowledge, and experience they need to work with partners around the globe and collectively build safer, sustainable, and more livable communities.
The Master’s Degree in Science & Technology for Innovation in Global Development allows students to combine their passion for technological and scientific innovation with cross-cultural design thinking for the creation of self-sufficient and sustainable economies around the globe. The program prepares students to consider multiple factors and apply their scientific knowledge and technical skills—their understanding of climate and the environment, for example, or their ability to design a bridge or a medical device— when working with various partners such as government officials, policymakers, local leaders and community members. Through collaborations, problems can be addressed and potential outcomes considered to co-create sustainable solutions with lasting impact that benefit all stakeholders.
“This transdisciplinary master’s program changes the way students consider problem-solving in communities locally and around the world. Whether an applicant has a BA or a BS, this degree program offers opportunities to create change that makes a positive difference in people’s lives,” says Rob Krueger, interim head, Department of Social Science and Policy Studies, and director of the new program.