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UIC YCSI Sustainable Development & Cooperation and Social Innovation Trip 2018
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UIC YCSI Sustainable Development & Cooperation and Social Innovation Trip 2018

Supported by Social Impact Initiative for Global Creative Talent



Theme: Education for Sustainable Development using Design Thinking and Appropriate Technology


1. Background:

Contrary to popular belief, many sub-Saharan African countries have experienced economic growth in recent decades. With the focus on primary education as expressed in the Millennium Development Goals of the Millennium declaration, primary school enrollment rates in sub-Saharan African countries have steadily increased, increasing from 59% in 1999 to 79% in 2012. Under the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, one of the major targets under the Goal 4 Quality Education is to ensure that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling by 2030 and to provide affordable vocational training, to eliminate gender and wealth disparities, and achieve universal access to a quality higher education.

Located on the east coast of Africa, Tanzania is a country suitable to carry out a field visit to better understand diverse factors involved in the education for sustainable development. Although there are more than 100 ethnic groups and diverse religious groups, the political sphere of Tanzania has been stable; the current government has been running a serious campaign against corruption. In the recent years, the economic growth rate of Tanzania has been around 7% and the government is keen on industrial development. Among African countries, Tanzania also receives the greatest amount ODA from KOICA as of 2018. Thus, enhancing human capital of the population, of which 75% participate in the agricultural sector, is one of the primary concerns of the Tanzanian government to reduce poverty.

To understand the complexities at hand to improve education quality in developing countries, we will partner up with E3empower, a local NGO in Tanzania. This trip aims to improve our understanding of the issues at hand through on-site activities, such as visiting primary, secondary & tertiary schools, observing the application of kitkit school in the field --- a digital early learning solution developed by Enuma --, and visiting coffee farmers to understand their (mis)conceptions about returns to education.


2. Field Site: E3mpower office, Arusha, Tanzania

3. Partner Organization: Enuma & E3Empower (Silicon Valley-founded NGO for appropriate technology in developing countries)

4. Scheduled datesVisit preparation from May to June, visit during July 30 – August 7, 2018

 5. Anticipated Research activities: Analysis of the local, regional, and international efforts to improve education quality in sub-Saharan African countries. We will meet students and parents in the local sites to analyze the root cause of the low quality education and brainstorm innovative solutions to improve education quality.

 6. Skills required: The applicant should have background in the nexus among development, environment, technology and/or education and ability to work in the field. Good communication skills and the ability to work in a team. Experience in multicultural setting and/or working with community organizations is a plus.  


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter expressing their interest in participating in the UIC-CK Delegation 2018. Their resume should also be sent to the Yonsei Center for Social Innovation (ycsi_ck@yonsei.ac.kr) by Thursday, May 3, 2018.


This initiative is made possible through the Social Impact Initiative for Global Creative Talent, with financial support from University for Creative Korea.



Students must satisfy the following conditions to be eligible to apply for this internship opportunity:

  1. The student must be majoring/double-majoring in one of the Techno-Art Division and/or Integrated Social Sciences Division majors

        ※ UIC students who have not declared a ISSD/TAD major can apply should they commit to double-majoring in an ISSD/TAD major

   2. The student must have completed at least two semesters before applying for the internship

   3. The Spring 2018 semester must not be the student's final semester

   4. The student must be enrolled in the Social Innovation Certificate Program



Please send your application to ycsi_ck@yonsei.ac.kr by Thursday, May 3, 2018, and include:

 1) Resume

 2) Cover Letter (written in English - A4)

  • Students will be individually notified of their application result by after the application deadline
  • All trip applicants must attend the OT and all relevant briefing sessions



For more information, please contact the Yonsei Center for Social Innovation, at ycsi_ck@yonsei.ac.kr (032-749-3100).


About Social Impact Initiative for Global Creative Talent

Funded by University for Creative Korea, the Social Impact Initiative for Global Creative Talent (SIIGCT) aims at fostering social innovators by providing diverse curricular and extracurricular programmes within Underwood International College, Yonsei University's Techno-Art Division and Integrated Social Sciences Division.

Contact Information


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  • Yonsei International Campus, Veritas Hall B, room 326
    85 Songdogwahak-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 21983
    Republic of Korea


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  • (+82) 032-749-3100



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  • Monday to Friday :
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