German and Canadian students in a transit facility in Karlsruhe

Since 2012, the University of Waterloo, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and McGill University have been engaged in international workshops about sustainable mobility. Cities around the world are working to increase their residents' quality of life through enhanced personal and digital connectivity. The end goal is to provide greater accessibility while considering the social, environmental and economic impacts of transportation.

Each fall, students alternate between gathering in Karlsruhe or in Waterloo. Students from different universities and disciplines form teams to take on contemporary, local mobility challenges. During the week, students conduct fieldwork to understand the problem; generate, synthesize and evaluate possible solutions; and present these solutions to fellow students and local professionals.

Each spring, McGill hosts a multi-day conference and workshop where top scholars and students share cutting-edge research surrounding mobility issues. Students conduct poster presentations, and receive feedback from global experts of diverse professional backgrounds.

To date, more than 40 students from Waterloo have had the opportunity to participate in all three cities. Each year, the program is growing in both the quality of student work and the level of engagement.

Previous workshops

Dates Location
18-25 May 2019 Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
20-26 October 2018 Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
25-29 September 2017 Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
5-11 November 2016 Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
19-23 October 2015 Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
27-29 May 2015 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
24-31 October 2014 Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
3-5 June 2014 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
13-19 October 2013 Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
17-21 June 2013 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
16-21 September 2012 Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
9-19 June 2012 Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Since the exchange's inception, students have also spent extended time studying internationally. Several Waterloo students have had internships sponsored in part by the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences and by its academic partners. Waterloo has also hosted three German exchange students.

Host universities

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Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

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