Merton Council has welcomed 15 students and two faculty advisors from an American College as part of their undergraduate degree requirements. The students spend fourteen weeks on their chosen project, seven weeks in preparation in the United States and seven weeks at Merton, culminating in a final presentation with a full written report for the sponsor.

Projects vary from providing support services for ethnic minority carers, working on the Mitcham Village Partnership to producing websites for Merton’s schools.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is a scientific and technical University situated in Worcester, Massachusetts. WPI has worked with Merton Council since the summer of 1996.

Professor Laura Menides at WPI’s Department of Humanities and Arts, said: “WPI is deeply appreciative of the strong links which have been established with the London Borough of Merton and both its Faculty staff and the students enjoy the project work on offer.

“The number and diversity of projects undertaken for the Borough over the years has grown, predominantly in Environmental Services but now spreading into Housing and Social Services and Education, Leisure and Libraries as well. The projects connect science and technology with social and human concerns which is why Merton Council proves to be so valuable.”

“I am impressed by how mature and confident this group of students are and we have had no problems with the projects so far.”