The Engineering Challenges of Sustainable Cities: Collaborative Online Courses Integrating Insights from Canada and Africa

The Engineering Challenges of Sustainable Cities: Collaborative Online Courses Integrating Insights from Canada and Africa

  • Murray Metcalfe, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
  • Greg Evans, Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering

 Abstract

This proposal is inspired by the team’s work on a project entitled Engineering Education for Sustainable Cities in Africa (EESC-A), funded by the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering (FASE). The investigators propose to develop a new way of teaching that enhances student exposure to urban sustainability in light of key global trends. Engineering sustainable cities will be a central challenge of the 21st century. While Canadian and other developed world cities will need to adapt greatly, the most dramatic need will be the evolution of the mega-cities of Africa. By 2100 cities in Sub-Saharan Africa are projected to constitute 13 of the largest 20 cities in the world, with the largest of those reaching 80 million residents. The team’s goal for this project is to develop a number of multi- disciplinary course modules, with the eventually potential for for-credit courses, focused on urban engineering challenges with close participation and interaction among faculty and students from both UofT and select partner universities in Africa.  The proposed course content aligns with FASE directions, core UofT priorities (enhancing undergraduate education, focus on urban issues, expand international experience for students), Sustainable Development Goals, and the UofT theme of a world beyond fossil fuels, and with multiple LEAF themes.