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Practice : Winter 2009
professionals. Because of the nature of the attendees, the interest for sustainable design courses, as well as our unique Distance M.Arch, was signi cantly strong. People were interested to learn how the online courses work, and were amazed with the variety of course o erings. is event was an amazing opportunity to converse with architects and engineers, and to gather useful information regarding accreditation in Ireland and the U.K. Boston seems to be a clear destination for the Irish people, which made their interest in the BAC's presence even stronger. Large international sustainability conferences are ideal events for gathering information and making connections with people and organizations from a number of countries. In November, Rimini, Italy was the next destination chosen to introduce the BAC's Global Education Initiative at their annual expo: Ecomondo. Attendance was high, with , visitors, comprising people interested in a variety of aspects of what makes our world more sustainable. e BAC was among many exhibitors, but only one of a few from the education sector. We received interest from people not only from various countries, but also from various backgrounds: a public o cial from Malta, an architect from Italy, and a chemist from China were a few of the many people who visited our booth and inquired about our programs. Our next steps for the coming months will be to pursue program accreditation in European countries, to make connections with the people who have inquired about our programs, and to maintain an active presence in the international design educa- tion community. We are also beginning to engage our rst overseas online instructors. Online courses have given us the opportunity to involve practicing professionals from all over the U.S. who focus on sustainability, and now we have the opportunity to do the same internationally. We will grow our Sustainable Design Program by including new topics as they relate to these new markets, which may also prove to be learning opportunities for our US audience. e Global Education initiative has been groundbreaking in many ways. It's the rst time we are systematically pursuing expansion of our student---and faculty--- base outside the U.S.; it is also the rst time we have a BAC sta member working remotely from another country, Greece, in this case. It's exciting to be at the forefront of development and expansion. It's also amazing to be a representative of such a pioneering school and to be discussing our online programs with people from around the world. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication from both sides of the Atlantic, but many new processes have been invented and much support is needed---something that so far has worked wonderfully at every level. Our long term plans are ambitious and include the BAC continuing to be at the fore- front of high-quality, online design education. NEWSWORTHY ] BAC LAUNCHES GLOBAL INITIATIVES We will grow our Sustainable Design Program by including new topics as they relate to the new markets, which may also prove to be learning opportunities for our US audience. PRACTICE 15