In combination with the study abroad program of Food-Energy-Water Nexus , FEWSUS will launch an urban FEW-system summer school in 2022, which will be hosted by Northeast Normal University (NENU) in Changchun, China. NENU’s School of the Environment annually has more than 40 foreign graduate students from developing countries (e.g., Tanzanian, Rwanda, Uganda, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Philippine, Pakistan, Peru, and Argentina). The U.S. students will join the foreign students (including selected local Chinese students) to study for two weeks in the summer school.
Lectures will be given by PIs and members of steering committee and advisory boards of this project. The local costs during the study will be covered by NENU. The school will also provide opportunities for students to visit demonstrated engineering projects, engage stakeholders, organize student workshop, and make presentations.
Overall, the above three types of educational practices will benefit students by:
• Providing opportunities for students to develop research skills, capabilities, and interests in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by creating flexibility in study environment across urban systems.
• Enhancing communication skills, both oral and written, through interactions with industry leaders, accomplished researchers, and multisectoral stakeholders; fostering a deeper understanding among students of human-nature interactions through Risk Perception Analysis, which helps determine how FEW systems affect different stakeholders of urban systems.
• Increasing international and intercultural knowledge for understanding the impacts of cultural diversity on stakeholder’s perspectives on the FEW nexus and resulting impacts on urban systems.
• Fostering global perspectives on the critical role of the FEW nexus in sustainable urban development and promoting the awareness of environmental influences, effects, and outcomes of urban FEW nexus solutions and the trap of silo thinking and mentality.
• Inspiring independent, creative thinking by inviting the students to participate in proposal meetings, independently evaluate the proposals, and compare their judgments to those of experienced faculty