WPI has long prided itself on its distinctive Global Projects Program. At the same time, our utmost priority is, and always has been, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Guided by that principle, we have suspended all project center travel for the 2020-2021 academic year.
What You Need to Know Now
- WPI has suspended all travel to its Global Projects Centers for the 2020-2021 academic year.
- The risks associated with the global COVID-19 pandemic, and efforts to support the health and safety of our students made this unfortunate decision necessary. It also reflects current global travel restrictions issued by the federal and state authorities, which are advising against non-essential travel.
- Project center directors and faculty advisors have created meaningful projects and global experiences for teams on campus, working remotely with our global partners when possible.
Project center directors and faculty advisors are reimagining these project experiences so teams can complete their project requirements. We have on campus and remote offerings to create a meaningful experience in these unprecedented times.
Fall 2020 Semester
Solving global problems is the cornerstone of WPI’s Global Projects Program and its Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP). As we did in the spring of 2020, WPI has thoughtfully designed and is working with global sponsors to execute a campus-based global experience for students in each project center. The same holds true for the Major Qualifying Project (MQP) and Graduate Qualifying Project (GQP).
Spring 2021 Semester
In consultation with senior leadership and the university's Coronavirus Emergency Response Team (CERT), WPI is monitoring the global landscape and has continued its suspension of all off-campus travel for C and D Term 2021. This decision has been made with the guidance of local, regional and national authorities, including the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), International SOS and the Massachusetts Governor's Office.
Global Projects Program Events
Plans are underway for the President’s IQP Awards, scheduled for January 29, and the on-campus IQP Fair, which will be scheduled soon. Further details are forthcoming.
Additional adjustments to our operations may be needed based on updated guidance and public health trends. We recommend you check back regularly for the latest updates.