Collaborative and International UC Davis Project Awarded U21’s New Global Education Enhancement Fund

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UC Davis is Partnering with Tecnológico de Monterrey and Shanghai Jiao Tong University on Global Classroom Project

On June 1, Universitas 21 (U21) announced UC Davis among the winners of its new Global Education Enhancement Fund to support the delivery and enhancement of higher education in a rapidly changing and highly interconnected world. 

UC Davis is the lead institution on a global classroom pilot project, partnering with Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico and Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China to create a framework for teaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) using a global classroom model that has been developed and utilized by Tecnológico de Monterrey and will be enhanced by UC Davis and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Several courses will be piloted between the three universities and a digital toolkit of resources will be created to support the model. The project—administered within Global Affairs at UC Davis—will focus on a combination of virtual, hybrid, and in-person collaboration. It will be assessed, adjusted, and expanded so that all universities within the international U21 network may access and take advantage of the toolkit to develop SDG-related courses and address global challenges.

The collaboration between UC Davis, Tecnológico de Monterrey, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University will bring together expertise, best practices, and experiences across the three universities to support faculty with teaching strategies and enable further student engagement with the SDGs, which provide a globally recognized framework for understanding and addressing common, interlinked societal, environmental and economic challenges. The international team will start collaborating in summer 2020 to launch the first pilot courses between January and June 2021.

Global Affairs brings the world to UC Davis, welcoming more than 10,000 international students, scholars and leaders, and hosting programs that inspire global curiosity, understanding and engagement. Compelled by the valuable outcomes of thinking globally, we make transformative opportunities a reality by supporting the thousands of students and faculty learning and researching globally—and by facilitating collaborations that tackle the world’s most pressing challenges through more than 150 global partnerships.

Putting our vision of a UC Davis community that engages, thrives, and leads in this interconnected world into action, Global Affairs is in pursuit of an ambitious goal: 
Global Education for All.

About Universitas 21 (U21)

Universitas 21 (U21) is a leading global network of research-intensive universities that empowers its members to share excellence, collaborate across borders and nurture global knowledge exchange. U21 values cultural difference, connect perspectives from around the world and harness the collective expertise of our exceptional members to deliver programmes, activities and initiatives, which could not be delivered through a single university or via bi-lateral agreements. 

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