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A doctoral program in interdisciplinary and multinational collaborative research

The UW has received a $3.36 million award from the National Science Foundation to develop a collaborative multinational model for interdisciplinary graduate education and research. In our project, UW faculty and students from a variety of departments work with colleagues at a carefully selected set of partner institutions on a set of research and educational activities associated with the environment. Our current partner universities are: Tohoku University (Japan), the University of Auckland (New Zealand), the Polytechnic of Namibia (Namibia), the University of KwaZulu–Natal (South Africa), Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique), Can Tho University (Vietnam), Sichuan University and Tsinghua University (both in China).

The program has opportunities for graduate students interested in a wide variety of fields, including, but not limited to, civil and environmental engineering, materials science, biology, anthropology, electrical engineering, forest resources, social work, aquatic and fisheries sciences, environmental health, computer science and education.

Our goal is to create a new collaborative multinational model for interdisciplinary graduate education and research. With our community of graduate students, faculty and collaborators from partner institutions, we will:

  • develop collaborative and sustainable interdisciplinary graduate research opportunities
  • implement new project-based courses which can be offered cooperatively at multiple sites
  • create international internship opportunities for participating graduate students
  • implement a multinational mentoring, advising and communications network
  • require teaching and curriculum development experiences for graduate students which provide them with a rich international perspective on the challenges facing higher education
  • share experience in more effectively targeting university research to address practical problems facing our regions

National Science Foundation's IGERT home page: http://www.igert.org