During the Open House on Friday, October 22, 2010, MIT Professor Michel DeGraff and Senior Associate Dean Vijay Kumar provided an overview of the symposium. MIT-Haiti Symposium IntroductionView more presentations from MIT OEIT. MIT-Haiti Symposium SummaryView more presentations from MIT OEIT.
After nearly two days of intense meetings, the MIT-Haiti Symposium concluded on Friday with a call to action. Symposium organizer, Michel DeGraff, provides a brief summary: Our Haitian colleagues, like us at MIT, do realize that the task ahead is daunting and will require extraordinary creativity and fortitude. Yet many of the Haiti participants believe [...]
“I believe the role of the university is to create opportunity, pure and simple. We create opportunity for young people, for cities, and nations ... And people everywhere need opportunity. ” Charles M. Vest
Thomas A. Kochan, chair of the MIT faculty and professor of management, describes the next steps in MIT's collaboration with Haiti. "Our role in helping Haiti recover from the devastating earthquake illustrates both the strengths and weaknesses of how we respond to requests for engagement. Clearly, the magnitude of the devastation and the close proximity [...]
We have published information about the symposium for invited participants. You should have received an email detailing how to access these protected portions of the website. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Michel DeGraff of MIT at degraff -at- mit -dot- edu.
In the video, Patrick Attié shows the destruction at the Faculty des Sciences, Université d'État d'Haïti and at L'Ecole Supérieure d'Infotronique d'Haïti (ESIH) just after the earthquake. He also describes how they are working on three fronts: access to capital to rebuild (an interim site), managing the transition so students can continue their studies, and [...]
Thomas Kochan, chair of the MIT faculty writes: "While the devastation in Haiti may have slipped off the front pages, colleagues at MIT continue to help our neighbors address their monumental challenges. Moreover, the Provost has asked Associate Provost Philip Khoury and me to help develop a long-term strategy for MIT initiatives in Haiti." Excerpted [...]
Shigeru Miyagawa, chair of the MIT OpenCourseWare faculty advisory committee and professor of linguistics, describes how OCW has aided reconstruction in Haiti. "Just one of the stories of OCW use that has moved me recently is that of Jean-Ronel Noel and Alex Georges, entrepreneurs working to bring renewable energy to communities throughout Haiti. Through their [...]
MIT is hosting an invitation-only symposium in late October to explore the advantages of OER & ICT in higher education. Participants will identify Haiti's basic needs for OER and ICT and related current projects in Haiti. They will engage in concrete exercises in the use and importance of OER & ICT for curriculum development and [...]