Global Information Engagement Program

The need for innovative information tools is a global challenge. The Global Information Engagement Program (GIEP) is an innovative approach to learning which partners non-profit, research, and educational organizations in an international setting with carefully selected student teams. This program seeks to operationalize the skills of professional master’s degree students at the University of Michigan to develop sustainable information management practices that have positive societal impact. Project teams from UMSI and University graduate programs spend a semester studying and creating plans for implementation of an identified information challenge that has high social impact value.

GIEP 2016 took place in Cape Town, South Africa. Student teams leveraged their emergent skills in content management and delivery, contextual inquiry, needs assessment, product ideation, consultation and a deep understanding of the complex relationships between people, information, and technology to address a context sensitive information challenge (management, access, design ICT-related) faced by participating heritage and NGO organizations.


Faculty (South Africa) David Wallace, 2016
Faculty (India) Joyojeet Pal, 2014-2015
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