Enabling International Geographic Information Science and Technology Disaster Management Research and Education: Lessons and Experiences

Authors: Brian Tomaszewski*, The Rochester Institute of Technology
Topics: Geographic Information Science and Systems, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Geography Education
Keywords: GIScience, Disasters, Education, International, National Science Foundation, Rwanda, Germany
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Galerie 5, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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Academia is further making calls for engaged international student learning experiences. The traditional study abroad model of a-contextually relevant classroom experiences at foreign campuses is not necessarily suited for this type of learning model. In this presentation, I reflect upon experiences of (a) leading students to Rwanda to work with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and local Rwandan stakeholders to both map a refugee camp and conduct a spatial economic analysis of refugee businesses and (b) a US National Science Foundation (NSF) International Research Experience Students (IRES) program for students where students spend the summer in Germany working with the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the University of Bonn, Germany to understand geographic information capacity and disaster risk reduction issues. These engaged international student learning experiences focused on geographic information science and technology for disaster management show a way forward for how engaged, context-relevant international learning experiences can benefit both students from the United States and more importantly, stakeholders in the research sites who support the activities.

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