Frédéric Tremblay (left), Délégation du Québec à Los Angeles, with Fritz Wagner, Urban Design & Planning, discuss how the Québec grants will be utilized to build Québec studies at the U.W. (06/12)
Fritz Wagner, Urban Design and Planning, is co-author of this book focused on comparative research and international education in urban studies. “Urban processes are increasingly transnational and the comparative approach for studying urban issues is relevant to the globalization paradigm that shapes the public agenda of communities all over the world. The consortium NEXOPOLIS was established in 2004 to develop a workable theoretical and conceptual framework that enabled graduate students and faculty members from six North American universities to take part in comparative urban research in Canadian, American and Mexican cities” (Introduction). The participating Canadian and U.S. universities included University of Washington, San Diego University, Ryerson University, Toronto, and l’Université Laval, Québec City.
“The project proposed a dual objective: to develop international competency in students, often referred to as the international profile, and to reinforce comparative urban studies at the six participating universities … Academic mobility exchange thus became NEXOPOLIS’ pivotal tool for achieving its goal of developing a comparative program of study in the areas of urban revitalization” (Introduction).
The tri-lingual book includes a chapter on “Le Cas de Québec, Québec.” The book is co-authored with Mario Carrier, l’Université Québec, and Régent Cabana, University of New Orleans.
NEXOPOLIS was funded by the Program for North American Mobility in Higher Education and administered collectively by the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, Human Resources Development Canada, and the Secretary of Pubic Education in Mexico.