Dr. Sedrick (fourth from the left) with the members of the international education consortium
Dr. Greg Sedrick, P.E., Professor and Director of Graduate Engineering Programs at Christian Brothers University (CBU) in Memphis, TN, is serving as the project manager for an international educational consortium tasked with addressing the worldwide shortage of college graduates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
The project initially calls for joint classroom instruction among 23 European, 22 South American, and 12 North American (including CBU) universities utilizing distance education technologies. The goal is to create a borderless learning environment where STEM students can interact on assignments and projects while receiving instruction from international faculty experts.
The consortium’s work launched at CBU this semester with German students attending CBU Graduate Engineering Management classes. Students from Ireland, England, France, and Brazil are expected to enroll in those classes in the fall.
The consortium recently completed a tour of Brazilian state, federal, and private universities as a follow-up to last summer’s visits to European Union consortium members. The next steps are to initiate recruitment of university consortium members from China and India.
This project is co-funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Joint Activity Training Council, BrightBridge Inc., and the New Economy Institute.