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CWRU Case School of Engineering Leads New Partnership in the Philippines

Gary Wnek, Case School of Engineering Associate Dean of Academics, left, with Reynaldo B. Vea, Mapúa Institute of Technology President and Chief Executive Officer

Case Western Reserve and Mapúa Institute of Technology (Mapúa) signed a memorandum of understanding this fall focusing on developing innovation and entrepreneurship and increasing opportunities for CWRU and Mapúa faculty and students.

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The partnership grew from a visit by Gary Wnek, Case School of Engineering associate dean of academics, to Mapúa in May facilitated by the Philippine Developmental Foundation program: Innovation Development through Entrepreneurship Acceleration (IDEA). Wnek was the first visiting professor to participate in the program which aims to partner U.S. faculty experts in STEM fields with leading institutions in the Philippines.

Wnek noted, “It is important that all students are introduced to a common language around needs-based innovation and the delivery of value. If pre-entrepreneurial thinking is introduced at multiple levels throughout their undergraduate education, a subset of students who really want to be entrepreneurs now have the mindset to think about important problems and think critically about means to address them.”

CWRU can expect increased international opportunities with Mapúa including student and faculty exchange programs and joint research projects, all with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship for 21st-century STEM field majors.

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CWRU's Study Abroad by the Numbers

The 2013-2014 undergraduate study abroad report, released this month, shows that more CWRU students are going overseas than ever before and are far outpacing their peers around the country. In the last four years, the percentage of undergraduates with a study abroad experience has risen from 19.4% to 33.8%, a 74% increase and high above the national average of 9%. Biology and Biomedical Engineering are the most likely majors to study abroad, and the United Kingdom is the most popular destination for semester and academic year programs. CWRU faculty members directed 30 study abroad programs in 2013-14, and the average GPA of all study abroad students was 3.47.
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“Studying abroad provides students with the opportunity to learn more about themselves and the world around them as well as develop a cross-cultural perspective on their field of study,” explains Molly Watkins, executive director for international affairs at CWRU. “The Office of Education Abroad has worked hard to make study abroad more accessible, from a financial and curricular standpoint, and students are taking advantage of expanded opportunities.”

Additionally, the numbers of students studying abroad on semester or academic year programs is expected to increase by 78% in 2014-15. In the spring of 2015, over 110 students will be abroad on a semester or academic year experience. CWRU has set a goal of sending at least 50% of undergraduates abroad by 2019. “We’re right on track,” states Watkins.

To learn more about study abroad, visit or email to make an appointment.

We wish the class of 2018 all the best with the many exciting experiences and goals ahead of them.

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