Departmental Themes

Entrepreneurship/Innovation, Digital Technologies, Project Management,
and Sustainable Development

Unique Programs that Merge Technical and Management Skills

Our programs give you three sets of skills and social competences:

  • technical expertise in your field for entry level positions;
  • project management skills in problem-solving for social, environmental, and technical issues for management positions; and
  • a global understanding of future science and technological issues for international leaders and policy makers
As we give you these skills, you learn about the two technical and policy concerns of the future that anchor our department: environmental sustainability and the potential of information and communications technology to achieve it.

These future-oriented themes are important in our undergraduate coursework in Technological Systems Management (TSM), our Master’s Degrees in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) or Global Management, and our Doctorate in Technology, Policy, and Innovation (TPI).

For example, our undergraduate degree, the BS in Technological System Management (TSM), has a unique specialization in information and communications technologies (ICT) for “smart” development. It addresses issues such as smart cities, digital pedagogy, ethical AI in robotics, as well as international sustainable development and economic growth.

You will gain knowledge of these technological systems now developing to help you solve real-world problems and system management concerns. These are known as ‘the Four Smarts’:

Smart Communities – Smart Cities, Smart Regions, Urban and Regional Planning, Energy Infrastructures, Waste Infrastructures; Environmental/Social Impact Assessment Skills

Smart Education – Digital Teaching and Learning Skills; Pedagogy Design for Online Platform-Based Learning

Smart Ethics -  Leadership Awareness of Wider Ethical and Policy Concerns in Evaluation of Technological Systems and Anticipation of Future Problems in Them

Smart Development – Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainable Development (ICT4SD)

As we train present and future leaders to be managers or entrepreneurs, we emphasize entrepreneurship/innovation, digital technologies, project management skills, and sustainable development.

Our students become professionals that know how to solve pressing technical, environmental, or social problems of their organizations or the world.