Build a sustainable future through engineering and design

Study International | March 09, 2020

To prevent a global temperature rise of about 1.5C, universities around the world are focusing their efforts on building a sustainable future. They are what World Economic Forum Head of Academic Engagement Jaci Eisenberg describes as forward-looking. The forward-looking university adopts meaningful steps for its university to approach carbon neutrality and to contribute to a carbon-neutral world. The forward-looking university also expands its sustainability efforts to its largest community and its largest intervention point: its alumni, wrote Eisenberg. For students interested in using their engineering or design degree towards building a sustainable future, a university that shares their vision for a more sustainable world is a great place to start. This is where they will gain valuable knowledge on current and upcoming engineering and design trends in the built environment sector so that they will be equipped to produce sustainable products, interiors, structures and landscapes for the future.

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