UIC SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT & COOPERATION AND SOCIAL INNOVATION TRIP
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH E3EMPOWER AFRICA
From August 1st to 9th, students and faculty from the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Field of Underwood International College visited Arusha to gain first-hand experience on the current status of education and youth entrepreneurship in Tanzania. Students from various majors, including Creative Technology Management; Culture and Design Management; Science, Technology, and Policy; Justice and Civil Leadership; Sustainable Development and Cooperation, united as a team to learn about Tanzania as much as possible before the trip under the guidance of Professor Sam Youl Lee, Sun Goo Lee, and Semee Yoon.
This trip was the second time for UIC students to visit Tanzania; the theme of the first trip was fair trade coffee and this year’s trip was prepared building upon that theme, thanks to the outstanding host E3empower, a local social enterprise devoted to STEM education, entrepreneurship training and support, and energy access improvement. During this year’s trip, students visited the whole gamut of stakeholders related to education and youth entrepreneurship: INSPIRE, a student-mentoring club for robot programming at a local secondary school, a small village with mini solar grids recently installed, Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST), a local design factory Twende, and Nane Nane, an annual exhibition of large and small-scale businesses. Moreover, students also witnessed economic growth in Tanzania through visits to an organic coffee cooperative, coupled with eco-tourism and discussions with winners of the latest start-up competition at NM-AIST.
Kyeong Seo Min (JCL ’15) concluded, “We had a tight itinerary but being in this year’s team allowed us to take in as much as possible. Though I’m glad that I learned beyond what I expected when I applied for the trip, I’m also overwhelmed by how much more I need to learn and work to contribute as a global citizen.”