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Call for Applications: KNUST-ETH Zürich Summer School on Sustainable Waste Management


13 Jun 2020

Call for Applications: KNUST-ETH Zürich Summer School on Sustainable Waste Management

12:59 PM College of Engineering, KNUST

The management of waste in our cities has emerged as one of the key global challenges of our time. While it is indeed an urgent global challenge, it also presents enormous opportunities for business and entrepreneurship, for process and social innovation, and for new technological and policy inventions.

The nature and scope of the challenge calls for a rethinking and for new perspectives on the subject of sustainable waste management, and should be approached in a trans-disciplinary manner.

To this end, the College of Engineering of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the ETH for Development (ETH4D) initiative of ETH Zürich, Switzerland, have partnered to organize a summer school on the topic, ‘Rethinking Waste - Sustainable Solid Waste Management’.

The summer school aims (among others) to provide students with first-hand experiences of global challenges, and provide students an opportunity to work in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural settings to generate new ideas and concepts. Sessions will be delivered by seasoned experts from Ghana and Switzerland, and also from industry partners. Field excursions to various places of interest will be organized to deepen the learning experience.

The programme will take place at the College of Engineering, KNUST from 13th June to 3rd July 2020 (3 weeks), and participants will be housed at the GUSS Hostels on campus for the period. In all, sixty (60) participants will be accepted to participate in the summer school (40 from KNUST and 20 from ETH Zurich).

What Will I Learn (Learning Objectives)?

At the end of the programme, participants are expected to

  1. develop the capacity to structure and analyze complex sustainability challenges within a systems framework.
  2. Integrate knowledge and methods from a variety of disciplines and apply these approaches to innovative problem-solving.
  3. Reflect on working assumptions and existing knowledge in a critical manner.
  4. Translate academic knowledge to solutions for the real world through hands-on experience and prototyping processes.
  5. Build intercultural communication and leadership skills for personal and professional success.

Who can apply?

  • BSc/MSc/PhD students from all disciplines can apply. The selection process emphasizes cross-disciplinary participation.

Application process

  1. Click HERE to complete the application form. Applications shall be received until March 23, 2020.
  2. Pay prescribed fee after receiving notification of acceptance into the programme.

Fees: The programme is heavily subsidized by the College of Engineering, KNUST and its partners, however, participants are required to pay a fee of GH1,000. The following will be provided to course participants: course materials, accommodation, field excursions and meals (excluding dinner) for a period of 3 weeks. You may contact for further clarification.