Professor Geri Augusto's senior seminar on Science & Technology Policy in the Global South (PPAI-1701G) held a successful live web conference on December 1st, 2011 with a corresponding class at Tsinghua University's School of Public Policy and Management, taught by Professor Zhou Yang.
This pilot experience in joint teaching, was made possible by both class’s willingness to experiment. The theme of this first conversation was: National Systems of Innovation, an important topic on the syllabi of both classes. The project emphasized in a unique way, the intersection between internationalization and interconnectivity at Brown, using the Global South as point of departure for policy questions, important everywhere.
Professor Augusto’s students' openness to this type of learning was mediated by technology, and the assistance of Brown's Instructional Technology Group (ITG). A course development award from the Office of International Affairs made it possible so that China was added to the class syllabus, alongside Brazil, India and South Africa, as exemplar countries.