The Center organizes summer schools open to students at the ETH and other higher education institutions around the world.
Each two-week, intensive program brings together 20 to 25 university students who are selected in a competitive admissions process from a wide range of disciplines and nationalities. The curriculum is also interdisciplinary and multicultural, allowing students to work in diverse groups and in collaborative ways. The courses incorporate various pedagogic methodologies including, but not limited to: lectures, workshops, field trips, student presentations, small group and plenary discussions, artistic and creative activities, and small-group case study and project work. This approach allows academic content and rigor to be blended within an immersive and experiential learning context to create a unique opportunity for the participants.
A comprehensive selection process helps the Center identify strong candidates who show potential to take initiative and bring innovative ideas to address the challenges of the world food system. An interdisciplinary faculty and core facilitation team guides the learning process throughout the entire program.
The Center coordinates an Alumni Network for students who go through the program. This network enables the WFSC to continue providing opportunities for these future leaders and allows the alumni to network with one another and follow the career paths of their peers.
Our summer school courses highlight the role and potential of organic production systems (certified or non-certified) to contribute to global food security. The program is made possible by the kind support of the Mercator Foundation Switzerland.
In the coming years, the Center hopes to expand our summer school offerings, together with external partners, to include special, advanced courses that go in-depth on related or other topics falling within the world food system framework.