International Educational Consortium Lands at CBU

Sedrick Tours Brazil for Global Project

Memphis – Dr. Greg Sedrick, P.E., Christian Brothers University (CBU) Professor and Director of Graduate Engineering Programs, is serving as the project manager for an international educational consortium co-funded by the US Department of Labor, US Department of Commerce, the National Joint Activity Training Council, BrightBridge Inc., and the New Economy Institute. He recently completed a recruitment tour in Brazil.

International Educational ConsortiumThe educational consortium’s objective is to establish an international consortium to address the worldwide shortage of college graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Initially, this means joint classroom instruction among 23 European, 22 South American, and 12 North American (including CBU) universities utilizing distance education technologies. The goal is to create a borderless learning environment where STEM students can interact among themselves on assignments and projects while receiving instruction from international faculty experts.

Sedrick’s team, including co-chair Dr. Rita Engler, Professor of Innovation and Sustainability Graduate Design program at Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais, recently completed a tour of Brazilian state, federal, and private universities as a follow-up to last summer’s visits to European Union consortium members.  Next steps are to initiate recruitment of university consortium members from China and India.

The consortium’s work launched at CBU this semester with Cologne Germany students attending CBU Graduate Engineering Management classes.  The University of Ulster , Northern Ireland, the Imperial College, London England, Paris University of Mines and Technology, Paris France and several state, federal and private Brazilian university students are anticipated to enroll into CBU Graduate Engineering Management classes in the Fall.

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