Using University Resources To Address Resilience At The City Scale

Connecting university resources to real-world challenges

GAN is working with the Educational Partnerships For Innovation In Communities (EPIC) Network to extend the successful model they developed in the United States to other parts of the world. The EPIC Framework is a sustainable and innovative way to harness university resources to address resilience and climate adaptation at the city scale. It allows existing university resources across broad administrative and disciplinary silos to be applied to real community needs in ways that can be sustained at the local level without ongoing external resources. The Chronicle of Higher Education called the model “one of higher education’s most successful and comprehensive service-learning programs.”

In 2016 GAN began working with the EPIC network and other partners to extend the model around the world. By the end of 2017, a successful EPIC-Africa network had been launched with several city-university partnerships established. Plans are underway for training events in other regions and the establishment of other regional members of the EPIC network. 

Find out more about EPIC here.