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WPI at NewCo: Teaching Students to Solve Global Problems

Higher education is recognizing the importance of experiential learning, and the distinctive undergraduate project-based curriculum at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), starting in the first year, asks students to begin the work of solving the world’s biggest problems, one small problem at a time.  At this session, you will see how we challenge and support our students to become the agents of change needed in the world today through a two-term course called the Great Problems Seminar that immerses first-year students into university-level research where they delve into issues of global importance. 

Join Kris Wobbe, associate dean, undergraduate studies, at WPI’s new Seaport location (303 Congress Street, 1st floor) on Wednesday, April 11 beginning at 8:30am for a glimpse into WPI’s Great Problems Seminar. This session will be highly interactive. Participants will work in small groups to brainstorm approaches to solve globally impactful problems, such as Food Sustainability, Powering the World, and Accessing Clean Water.

Anyone interested in the future of higher education or in solving one or more of the world’s biggest problems will find this session stimulating and hopeful.

Register here for this session.


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