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When it achieved independence in the 1950s, Ghana was seen by experts as a potential emerging power. Fifty years later, however, much of that original promise has not been realized. On the most recent trip, Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art professor Toby Cumberbatch and his students, with the help of funding from the National Science Foundation, began to tackle three longstanding problems for the people living in the rural north of Ghana -- lighting, housing, and drinking water. For the students who have gone, it's changed the way they see the world, Cumberbatch said. The way the developed world looks at engineering isn't the best way or the purest way of looking at engineering from the global point of view.

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