Jefferson University Nexus Maximus V International Student Challenge:

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Nexus Maximus is Jefferson - East Falls’s signature annual event that brings together a broad range of disciplines to work in teams on big problems and opportunities. It is an excellent example of Nexus Learning, our unique and award winning approach to education – learning that is active, collaborative, engaged in the real world and infused with the liberal arts. This fast-paced “sprint” project is designed to provide students a unique learning opportunity while solving a challenging real-world problem, all while having fun. Jefferson brought together students from across their own programs, as well as students Ulster University BDes Hons Interior Design course, who worked alongside peers from Aalto University in Finland, KEA in Copenhagen, Pace University in New York, and the Paris-Est d. School in France in teams of 4-6 to learn innovation processes and develop new concepts to address a global problem. This was the first inward visit from Ulster University to Jefferson, initiated and led by Dr Golden at the invitation of College of Architecture and the Built Environment Dean Barbara Klinkhammer, following contact made through the NIO and Global Engagement. Dr Golden participated as a Team Leader and Academic Advisor as well as international jury member for Student Awards. 8 Interior Design students, 7 female and 1 male jointed Dr Golden and Teaching Assistant Dr Pamela Topping with funding through Widening Access, Global Engagement, and the Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment. The visit was part of a wider geographic international experience in Philadelphia and New York that Dr Golden organised through academic and professional networks; visiting architects Gensler, New York and the HQ of the International Well Building Institute/Delos, and prominent houses designed near Philadelphia by pioneering architects Louis I Kahn and Robert Venturi. Students engaged in topics related to healthy communities that linked into Autumn 2018 final year studio design projects in Belfast.
Period21 Sept 201824 Sept 2018
Event typeConference
LocationPhiladelphia, United States, PennsylvaniaShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational