Travel. Study. Tackle World Challenges: USI students on the move
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12 USI Master’s students in Economics, Informatics and Communication Sciences started the 2018 spring semester early, flying to Stockholm for a kick-off meeting of the elective course “Tackling World Challenges”, offered within the USI World Challenges Programme – an inter-Faculty initiative of USI.
At the kick-off meeting in Stockholm, inter-university teams were formed among graduate-level students from USI, Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) and Hanken School of Economics (Finland). The teams will continue to collaborate over the semester, connecting virtually to work together on a project, through a common IT platform. This course represents a new internationalization model that integrates sustainable development topics into a virtual classroom environment with partner universities, giving students skills in flexible teamwork and improving their employability.
The course goes beyond traditional mobility models by not only exposing students to other European universities but giving them virtual collaboration skills to prepare them for working in a global, interconnected working world. Students form teams with peers from the Hanken and SSE, and throughout the semester the class will work with IKEA on reducing food waste in their store restaurants. Responsible consumption and waste reduction feature in the UN sustainable development goals and students will gain an understanding of how to approach complex societal issues (“wicked problems”).