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COUNTRY FOCUS: CHINA Advancing Sustainability: Alcoa Foundation Program Serves as Catalyst for Greater International Collaboration for Universities By Diana Simon and Caitlin Burton WHAT DO FACULTY researching sustainable development in rural China and those researching the biodiversity of the Atlantic rainforest have to share with each other? Plenty, as faculty at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the University of São Paulo in Brazil discovered as partners in Alcoa Foundation’s Conservation and Sustainability Fellowship Program. ACADEMIC PARTNERS • Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia • London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom • Tsinghua University, Beijing, China • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States • University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil Three Sustainability Institutes mentored 60 Practitioner Fellows during the course of a six- to twelve-month research project in the Fellow’s home country. Each Fellow was matched with a mentor who provided support, feedback, and a network of contacts useful for the Fellow’s research and professional development. The Fellows met their mentors at the start of their Fellowships, then returned to their home organizations to complete their projects. Opportunity to Build International Linkages: Tsinghua University Reaches Out Tsinghua University was selected as the Academic Partner in Asia on the strength of their proposal to study sustainable development in rural areas of China. Tsinghua’s Sustainability Cabinet seized the opportunity to reach out to other partners in the program. In June 2006, Tsinghua hosted IUCN’s Chief Scientist, Jeffrey McNeely, who gave a presentation on IUCN’s ecosystem research and other projects in China. In July 2006, Tsinghua hosted a member of Curtin University’s Sustainability Cabinet, Dr. Dong-ke Zhang, to discuss the possibility of a joint project focused on sustainable energy production and services in regional communities. Finally, in August 2006, Tsinghua co-hosted a workshop with World Wildlife Fund to address the conservation challenges in Wenshan Nature Reserve that brought stakeholders together to identify the area’s greatest threats to biodiversity, the community’s primary challenges in sustainable development, and potential solutions to conserve the habitat. Alcoa Foundation’s Conservation and Sustainability Fellowship Program brought The Alcoa Foundation Program Alcoa Foundation’s Conservation and Sustainability Fellowship Program advances knowledge in the field of conservation and sustainability by awarding fellowships to outstanding post-doctoral researchers and field practitioners from non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The program has just concluded its first five years. From 2005-2009, a distinguished group of eight institutions from around the world mentored the Fellows, providing resources, support, and feedback. Five Academic Partners hosted 30 postdoctoral Academic Fellows for two-year post-doctoral fellowships. At each Academic Partner, a core group of faculty drawn from a range of disciplines formed a “Sustainability Cabinet” to mentor the Fellows and provide a base for collaborative research on a common theme. SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTES • IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland • Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico • World Wildlife Fund, Washington, DC, United States Professor Claudio Oller, head of USP’s Sustainability Cabinet, leads Tsinghua’s team on a tour of USP’s environmental research center, CEPEMA, in Cubatao, Brazil. USP and Tsinghua’s research teams outside of USP’s environmental research center, CEPEMA.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Spring 2010

IIE Networker - Spring 2010
Message from Allan E. Goodman
IIE Networker University Presidents Interview Series: Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, President, National University of Singapore (NUS)
2010 IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards: Best Practices in International Education
U.S.-India Exchange: Ready for a “New Era”?
Using Social Media to Recruit Indian Students Rahul Choudaha, World
Advancing Sustainability: Alcoa Foundation ProgramServes as Catalyst for Greater International Collaboration for Universities
A New Frontier in China for the University of Montana
The View from Vietnam: Perceptions of Prospective
When Meaningful Partnerships Work: Developing World-Class Indonesian Geoscientists
Rising Demand from Southeast Asian Professionals for Tertiary Executive Education Programs: When Quality Matters
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IIE Networker - Spring 2010