The University of Windsor’s proximity to the border between Canada and the United States provides a unique opportunity to pursue international research. The cross-border transportation system between the two countries and the establishment of transportation infrastructure provides opportunities to examine the movement of products. Researchers use equipment to study the flow of vehicular traffic across the bridge, the results being used to improve movement of both people and goods and services. Cooperation between the two countries is evident in the numerous international partnerships that have been formed between our researchers and those in the United States.
There is an increasing awareness of the importance of international trade and business beyond these two countries. The growth of globalization of trade and capital markets has meant the need to develop more compatibility among countries. In rethinking the global community researchers are focusing on developing standardization or harmonized international measurements meant to improve the flow of products and ideas among countries.
One thing of great importance in developing nations is the health and well-being of the people. Although research, education, and training lead by Windsor professors, along with participants from these countries, have resulted in some health improvements, much more still needs to be done. As a result of research and development projects, there have been improvements in agricultural production. Where populations rely on water for sustainability, projects have included water resource management and improved use of water resources. However, professors continued to study ways to provide better health care for those with infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and have developed school-based programs to educate children in hopes of reducing the risk of infection.