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.
|Title of host publication||A Clean Environment Towards Sustainable Development: Proceedings of the|
|Place of Publication||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
|Event||International 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 2003 → 6 Aug 2003
|Conference||International Conference Environmental Management & Technology|
|Location||Malaysian University Consortium for Environment and Development - Industry and Urban Areas|
|Period||04/08/2003 → 06/08/2003|
- Global learning,
- Environmental Sociology
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.