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Bearcats Abroad: UC Students Study Challenging Sustainability Issues in China

A spring term course on Sustainable Urbanism ended with a summer trip to China, where students gained an eye-opening look at environmental issues that accompany rapid economic development.

Date: 5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Chris Auffrey

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Bearcats abroad in Tiananmen Square.
Bearcats abroad in Tiananmen Square.

About 20 University of Cincinnati students from a variety of majors are just back from China where they had the opportunity to examine firsthand the environmental challenges faced in pursuing rapid economic development. The students traveled to China as part of a UC Forward course titled “Sustainable Urbanism” co-taught by faculty from UC’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) and the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS). Students in the course included majors from DAAP; CEAS; the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services; Carl H. Lindner College of Business; and the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences.

In a page devoted to the course, see photos from their trip, as well as reflections by the students, and read their advice for traveling in China. Topics the students provide advice on include packing, communicating, money, safety and more.