A lightbulb. A radio. Maybe a cell phone charger. In Botswana—a country slightly smaller than Texas with the population of Houston—many villagers can't power these basic electronics to communicate with their fellow countrymen, let alone the world. Enter a small team of researchers from the Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.
The Case School of Engineering offers its undergraduates a chance to take part in an exchange with undergraduate engineering students at Waseda University, in Tokyo. The exchange provides students an opportunity to learn about each others’ culture, language, how their labs are run, research, business practices and more.
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.
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.