Learning by Knowledge Networking across Cultures - The Experience of Joint Courses in Environmental Studies for Malaysian and Danish Engineering and Science students

Arne Wangel, Jens Stærdahl, Kirsten Bransholm Pedersen, Maimon Abdullah

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    Abstract

    Engineers and planners working in trans-national production and aid project interventions in Third World countries must be able to 're-invent' technological systems across cultures and plan and build capacities of their counterparts. A series of joint courses on cleaner production (CP) and environmental impact assessment (EIA) in Malaysia 1998-2003 has sought to address these needs for new competences. Differences in educational background and work culture of the participants have presented difficulties during these courses, in particular in terms of achieving a mixed team building to turn some of the obstacles into resources for knowledge sharing. However, students have stressed their positive experience of cross-cultural communication. While a joint course of three-week duration by itself may involve only limited cross-cultural learning, serving primarily as an introduction to a long-term field study, the course efficiently initiates the 'embedding' of the students into and their interaction with the socio-political and cultural context of the host country. Thus, learning across cultures requires a longer term process whereby mixed teams leave the class room, collect data together in the field, negotiate and agree on the analysis, and sustain the exchange of knowledge, possibly through virtual peer-to-peer networking.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationA Clean Environment Towards Sustainable Development: Proceedings of the
    EditorsMalaysian University
    Place of PublicationKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    PublisherMUCED I&UA
    Publication date2003
    Publication statusPublished - 2003
    EventInternational Conference Environmental Management & Technology : A Clean Environment Towards sustainable Development - Malaysian University Consortium for Environment and Development - Industry and Urban Areas, Putrajaya, Malaysia
    Duration: 4 Aug 20036 Aug 2003

    Conference

    ConferenceInternational Conference Environmental Management & Technology
    LocationMalaysian University Consortium for Environment and Development - Industry and Urban Areas
    CountryMalaysia
    CityPutrajaya
    Period04/08/200306/08/2003

    Keywords

    • Global learning,
    • Environmental Sociology
    • cross-cultural

    Cite this

    Wangel, A., Stærdahl, J., Bransholm Pedersen, K., & Abdullah, M. (2003). Learning by Knowledge Networking across Cultures - The Experience of Joint Courses in Environmental Studies for Malaysian and Danish Engineering and Science students. In M. U. (Ed.), A Clean Environment Towards Sustainable Development: Proceedings of the MUCED I&UA.