IDBE, in collaboration with Dr John Barber of King's College, recently hosted a meeting of two dozen academics from Ukrainian and European universities under the EC Tempus programme. The project is concerned with sustainable urban development, and its main purpose is to support the establishment of masters courses, PhD programmes and Life Long Learning in the Ukraine based on European best practice and delivered through the provision of new IT equipment.
Professor Maria Grazia Folli from Milan Polytechnic is the Principal Investigator. Delegates also came from the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece (TEI-A), the University of Zaragoza, Spain, the Polytechnic Institute of Guarda, Portugal and Varna Free University, Bulgaria. Professor Dmytrii Cherednik, Vice Rector of Kharkiv National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (KNUCEA) was amongst the Ukrainian visitors. Delegates also came from Prydniprovska State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture (PSACEA), Lviv Polytechnic National University (LPNU) and from Kyiv National University of Construction and Architecture (KNUCA)
As well as working sessions, the visitors were given lectures and talks by:
Dr Wendy Pullan, Head of the Department of Architecture
Dr Rory Finnin, Director of the Ukrainian Studies programme at Cambridge
Dr Theo Hacking and Catherine Tilley of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership about the Institute's outreach activities with industry
Dr Rob Wallach on how materials science will save the earth
Dr Jean Michel Massing on the history and significance of King's College Chapel
Simon Payne, the City of Cambridge's Director of Environment on strategic planning in the city
Professor Jeremy Sanders on the University development at north-west Cambridge and elsewhere
A half-day was spent at Madingley Hall, where Dr Rebecca Lingwood spoke about the Institute of Continuing Education's extra-mural educational activities and the Madingley Head Gardener, Richard Gant, gave visitors a charming tour of the formal gardens surrounding the Hall. There was also a visit to the Institute for Manufacturing where Simon Pattinson gave an overview of the courses offered and demonstrated some of the robotics equipment, followed by a walk around the West Cambridge Development and tea at the Hauser Forum.
No visit to Cambridge would be complete without punting which we enjoyed at the end of a balmy afternoon using King's College punts, and the final Friday evening was spent in The Baron of Beef.