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Melbourne, Australia Center Data

Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and the capital of the state of Victoria. Located on Australia’s southeast coast, the seaside city offers a rich array of culture, history, and entertainment. Melbourne has consistently been voted as “the world’s most livable city,” and it’s easy to see why—the city is known for its parks, gardens, and beaches, as well as many popular arts festivals, sporting events, and fine dining establishments. Melbourne is also a gateway to exploring the diversity of Australian life, as it is located a short distance from mountains, deserts, mining towns, and extensive parklands and wildlife reserves. 

Since 1998, nearly 600 WPI students have conducted over 170 projects at the Melbourne Project Center (MPC), partnering with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private enterprises in Melbourne and across the state of Victoria. 

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  • Beijing, China Center Data

    Beijing, the capital of P.R. China, is a modern, industrialized metropolitan with rich cultural heritage and easy access to other major cities by train or airplane. The Beijing Project Center, established in 2015, offers real-world project experiences for students to simultaneously practice their technical skills, apply their innovative ideas, develop their interpersonal abilities, and cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit in a global and innovative world.

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  • Hangzhou, China Center Data

    Hangzhou, recognized as one of China’s most beautiful cities, is located on China’s booming southeastern coast. As both the capital of China’s richest province (Zhejiang) and one of China’s ancient imperial capitals, Hangzhou exemplifies China’s quest to become a modern economic power while retaining its unique historical identity. Hangzhou is China’s fourth largest metropolitan region, and its infrastructure reflects that. Hangzhou itself is a tourist destination for both Chinese and foreign travelers; students can wander around historical sections of the city that date to the Ming and Qing dynasties or explore West Lake, a Song dynasty imperial park that goes back nearly 1000 years! Students have been completing IQPs in Hangzhou since 2014. In 2019, we started using a mixed-team model, with WPI students working alongside students from our university partner, Hangzhou Dianzi University (HDU). The Hangzhou Center has included projects on smart cities, entrepreneurship, education, and biotech (among other topics). Students stay on the HDU campus in the Xiasha District of the city, east of downtown Hangzhou.

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  • Copenhagen Center Data

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  • Hong Kong, China Center Data

    Hong Kong (“Fragrant Harbour” or “Incense Harbour” in Cantonese) is a former British Crown Colony (1842-1997) and now an autonomous territory and special administrative region of China. This global financial center is located in the southern region of Mainland China and east of the Pearl River Estuary. At over 7.2 million residents, Hong Kong covers a total land and sea area of 2,754 km2 and ranks as the world’s fourth most densely populated sovereign state or territory. Nicknamed “Pearl of the Orient”, Hong Kong is renowned for its deep natural harbor, which provides international cargo ships ready access, and its “cement forest” skyline with an extremely high density of skyscrapers. As much of Hong Kong’s terrain is hilly to mountainous with steep slopes, less than 25% of the territory’s landmass is developed, and about 40% of the remaining land area is reserved as country parks and nature reserves.  Students have been completing projects in Hong Kong since 2002. 

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  • Monteverde, Costa Rica Center Data

    Costa Rica is a land of contrasts: banana plantations, flaming volcanoes, misty black sand beaches, and a thriving modern capitalist economy. A remarkably stable country, both politically and economically, Costa Rica offers an opportunity for students to become immersed in a Central American culture where democracy, economic development, and concern for the environment are a permanent part of the landscape. WPI students will be staying in the Monteverde Cloud Forest region, about 3.5 to 4 hours outside of San Jose. The Monteverde, Costa Rica Project Center was established in 2018. 

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  • Acadia National Park, Maine Center Data

    The Acadia National Park, Maine Project Center is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the U.S., on the coast of Maine. Students live and work in close proximity to the Acadia National Park and numerous research, historical, environmental, and arts organizations. 

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    Tirana, Albania Center Data

    Albania is located on the Adriatic Sea in southeastern Europe, across from Italy and north of Greece. National Geographic ranked Albania among the top places to visit in 2018, as did Lonely Planet again in 2019.  Albania has numerous small cities of historical of archeological interest in additional to Tirana, its bustling, chaotic, capital city. Tirana offers cultural activities, museums, good restaurants, cafes, nightlife, and a large population of students eager to practice their English.

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  • Yerevan, Armenia Center Data

    Albania is located on the Adriatic Sea in southeastern Europe, across from Italy and north of Greece. National Geographic ranked Albania among the top places to visit in 2018, as did Lonely Planet again in 2019.  Albania has numerous small cities of historical of archeological interest in additional to Tirana, its bustling, chaotic, capital city. Tirana offers cultural activities, museums, good restaurants, cafes, nightlife, and a large population of students eager to practice their English.

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  • Acadia National Park, Maine

    The Acadia National Park, Maine Project Center is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the U.S., on the coast of Maine. Students live and work in close proximity to the Acadia National Park and numerous research, historical, environmental, and arts organizations. 

    Tirana, Albania

    Albania is located on the Adriatic Sea in southeastern Europe, across from Italy and north of Greece. National Geographic ranked Albania among the top places to visit in 2018, as did Lonely Planet again in 2019.  Albania has numerous small cities of historical of archeological interest in additional to Tirana, its bustling, chaotic, capital city. Tirana offers cultural activities, museums, good restaurants, cafes, nightlife, and a large population of students eager to practice their English.

    Yerevan, Armenia

    Armenia, located in the Caucasus Mountains at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, gained independence from the former USSR in 1991. One of the first Christian countries, Armenia’s major attractions include a large number of monasteries. Mount Ararat can be seen from the capital, Yerevan, on a clear day. Archeological digs have recently discovered the world’s oldest winemaking facility, 6000 years old, and Armenia is currently developing a thriving wine industry. Yerevan, Armenia’s largest city as well as its capital, is the administrative, cultural, and industrial center of the country. Situated along the Hrazdan River and marked by Soviet-era architecture, Yerevan is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, and has undergone major transformation and new construction with shopping, restaurants, and street cafes.

    Melbourne, Australia

    Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and the capital of the state of Victoria. Located on Australia’s southeast coast, the seaside city offers a rich array of culture, history, and entertainment. Melbourne has consistently been voted as “the world’s most livable city,” and it’s easy to see why—the city is known for its parks, gardens, and beaches, as well as many popular arts festivals, sporting events, and fine dining establishments. Melbourne is also a gateway to exploring the diversity of Australian life, as it is located a short distance from mountains, deserts, mining towns, and extensive parklands and wildlife reserves.

    Beijing, China

    Beijing, the capital of P.R. China, is a modern, industrialized metropolitan with rich cultural heritage and easy access to other major cities by train or airplane. The Beijing Project Center, established in 2015, offers real-world project experiences for students to simultaneously practice their technical skills, apply their innovative ideas, develop their interpersonal abilities, and cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit in a global and innovative world.

    Hangzhou, China

    Hangzhou, recognized as one of China’s most beautiful cities, is located on China’s booming southeastern coast. As both the capital of China’s richest province (Zhejiang) and one of China’s ancient imperial capitals, Hangzhou exemplifies China’s quest to become a modern economic power while retaining its unique historical identity. Hangzhou is China’s fourth largest metropolitan region, and its infrastructure reflects that. Hangzhou itself is a tourist destination for both Chinese and foreign travelers; students can wander around historical sections of the city that date to the Ming and Qing dynasties or explore West Lake, a Song dynasty imperial park that goes back nearly 1000 years! Students have been completing IQPs in Hangzhou since 2014. In 2019, we started using a mixed-team model, with WPI students working alongside students from our university partner, Hangzhou Dianzi University (HDU). The Hangzhou Center has included projects on smart cities, entrepreneurship, education, and biotech (among other topics). Students stay on the HDU campus in the Xiasha District of the city, east of downtown Hangzhou.

    Hong Kong, China

    Hong Kong (“Fragrant Harbour” or “Incense Harbour” in Cantonese) is a former British Crown Colony (1842-1997) and now an autonomous territory and special administrative region of China. This global financial center is located in the southern region of Mainland China and east of the Pearl River Estuary. At over 7.2 million residents, Hong Kong covers a total land and sea area of 2,754 km2 and ranks as the world’s fourth most densely populated sovereign state or territory. Nicknamed “Pearl of the Orient”, Hong Kong is renowned for its deep natural harbor, which provides international cargo ships ready access, and its “cement forest” skyline with an extremely high density of skyscrapers. As much of Hong Kong’s terrain is hilly to mountainous with steep slopes, less than 25% of the territory’s landmass is developed, and about 40% of the remaining land area is reserved as country parks and nature reserves.  Students have been completing projects in Hong Kong since 2002. 

    Monteverde, Costa Rica

    Costa Rica is a land of contrasts: banana plantations, flaming volcanoes, misty black sand beaches, and a thriving modern capitalist economy. A remarkably stable country, both politically and economically, Costa Rica offers an opportunity for students to become immersed in a Central American culture where democracy, economic development, and concern for the environment are a permanent part of the landscape. WPI students will be staying in the Monteverde Cloud Forest region, about 3.5 to 4 hours outside of San Jose. The Monteverde, Costa Rica Project Center was established in 2018.

    Melbourne

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    Beijing

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    Copenhagen

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    Hong Kong

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    Melbourne

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    Beijing

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    Copenhagen

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    Hong Kong

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    Melbourne

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    Beijing

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    Copenhagen

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    Hong Kong

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    Kyoto

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    London

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    Massachusetts

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    Nancy

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    Panama City

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    Rabat

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