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Experiential learning is at the heart of the NYIT experience

Weeklong class project in the Amazon inspired by student’s interest

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Last month, students in the New York Institute of Technology’s (NYIT) master of science in energy management (M.S.-EM) program left their Vancouver campus for a weeklong trip to the Peruvian Amazon.

“We want experiential learning opportunities and transformative experiences to be at the heart of the NYIT experience,” says program coordinator Remi Charron. “This was part of implementing that.”

Inspired by an M.S.-EM student’s interest in the Amazon’s Boiling River, the trip was partially made possible thanks to NYIT’s Edward Guiliano Global Fellowship, which is meant for engaging in global research and innovative projects. While two of the four students who began the program when it launched last September were awarded the fellowship, the remaining two were sponsored by NYIT’s Vancouver campus.

“Within every course, we have a big focus on learning through projects,” says Charron. “This trip met the requirements for class projects on energy and sustainability, sparked research and led to potential collaboration opportunities between our students and students in Peru.”

Charron says it has also inspired the second batch of M.S.-EM students, who began the program this January, to look into applying for the fellowship, which is offered once a year and consists of various awards, to have their own global experience.

“This trip set the bar high and it will take some thinking to come up with interesting projects where global travel would benefit students in terms of learning opportunities,” says Charron.

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