“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela “Our world faces a true planetary emergency.” - Al Gore
What is CAIL? The Collegiate Alliance for International Learning is an alliance between RPI, Harvard, and University of Hong Kong. CAIL offers an online course called “Common Global Environmental Health Challenges.” CAIL aims to modernize the way environmental science departments teach, centralize research being done on environmental problems, and expand to make an even bigger impact on education, environmental issues, and global connections.
Why Do We Need CAIL? Current environmental educational system is flawed Students working on the same thing don’t work together No data access Shared and varied perspectives
First Aim We hope to modify the system of teaching at environmental science departments at universities by using the internet to connect students all around the world and to centralize all the research that is being done on environmental problems.
Second Aim CAIL hopes to educate the students who will work to fix global environmental issues such as air pollution, sicknesses, and climate change. We will do this by uniting students from different parts of the world, and by emphasizing collaboration of research, we hope to affect change in the government’s policies and the public’s mindsets.
Third Aim CAIL aims to expand to many different courses and other member schools and become a household name in colleges and universities throughout the world. If CAIL expands to include other schools in the alliance, more research could be generated that could result in better solutions or a larger impact on policy making.
Topical Importance CAIL will benefit, teach, and unite the global student population. Climate Change is one of the foremost issues today, and it is a necessity for today’s students to develop effective solutions.
Potential for Success Need for Answers Applicability Prestige of Universities Collaborative Learning Environments
Availability of Resources for Change Providing Online Platform for Sharing Research Ease of Transition Available Educational Resources
How will we carry out the project? Form CAIL Obtain funding Hire professors from the 3 universities Hire IT professionals Establish clubs Collect research Spread to new schools and countries
What expertise will be needed? Professors to create the curriculum Representatives from each university Experience teaching environmental or health issues Team of IT professionals Create an monitor website Fix technical problems
Where will we secure funding? Initial funding will come from RPI, Harvard, and University of Hong Kong New schools when they join Private organizations
Where will we implement the project? U.S. and China RPI, Harvard University, and University of Hong Kong Schools with strong environmental programs Duke University, University of Oxford, Australian National University, and National University of Singapore
Who are the stakeholders? Earth & Environmental Sciences department at RPI Environmental Science & Engineering department at Harvard University Environmental Science department at the University of Hong Kong Financial offices Students participating People affected be climate change
What are the barriers for CAIL Financial Lack of Participation Language Barrier
Social Alliances that could benefit CAIL Environmental and sustainability clubs Anything promoting communication between students at different schools
Trends that would affect CAIL Improved political relationships Positive economic trends Cultural trends leading towards protecting the environment and collaborating
How effective could this project be at solving environmental problems? This project does not try to solve a single environmental or sustainability problem It focuses on improving education and research involving environmental issues Helps to solve problems being worked on by students
Closing Climate change is happening, and we need to take action Students across the world have the ambition Connecting these students will only result in positive results We can create a comprehensive research database We can modernize environmental education We can start an environmental revolution
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