Priorities:Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas Student Priorities
Strategy 1: LicuaLab
LicuaLab is a space or community to generate interdisciplinary solutions for project problems such as theses.
With the help of coordinators and academic directors of each faculty, we will contact 8th, 9th and 10th cycle students to be part of our podcast where they will discuss the points of contact between their university careers to find a synergy and culture of co-creation.
What are the benefits of participating in LicuaLab? The opportunity to present your thesis project ideas, enrich it with new ideas from other careers and ask questions.
Strategy 2: Flamatch
During the gradual return to face-to-face classes, at least 60% of students had problems communicating with their classmates. In this regard we refer to:
- Setting up work groups
- Being part of study groups
- Being part of competitions and university activities
- Making friends within the university
We detected that most of these students who significantly lost social skills are found from the fifth semester onwards. In addition to wanting a social circle, they are also looking for networking. That is why we created Flamatch, a social network exclusively for the UPC community that will facilitate communication between undergraduate students.
To be part of the community, students must register with their institutional email address and upload a photo of their ID card to verify their university identity. After creating their profile, they will answer a survey with random questions to classify and unify with other students who have the same interests. Also, the student will be able to join different groups, and in case you want a conversation, we will have available the option of "Fast chat" with which you can chat with other students having a limited time, and if you want to continue the connection should only do so.
Within the application we will promote academic activities such as contests, hackathons, university events as well as extra-university events.
Through this medium, we seek to improve the communication and soft skills of students to encourage them to generate project ideas with other students.
We plan to implement the strategy, and later expand to more universities. In such a way that it will be an exclusive community among university students and diversify.
Strategy 1: connect and support on campus
There is a need on students to make real connections with other students, and for "real" I mean that the connection will have a I&E purpose.
So the best way we represent this was using "Discord", a virtual space where you find all kind of "rooms" so you can find other people, this could work like the "tinder on campus for I&E things" Here a pic we use for testing:
We start doing this question to students: Have you ever had the necessity to find other sudents with the same goals than you? or perhaps you wanted to talk to someone about an specific knowledge they have? And this is what they say:
- "I will like to find here a partner for my next start up".
- "It will be awesome if we can see each other profile".
- "Here we can find anything, we can connect with students for a job application for example or even just to make them questions so we can learn more".
There is where we detected an opportunity, the "ahá moment".
The name of this space is "CONECTA UPC", and will allow students to make real connection on campus, or even virtually.
Strategy 2: connect students with companies
We find that many students don't have opportunities to be an intern in companies because they don't have previous experiences. For that reason, the idea is about creating a platform where students can share their projects that usually have to work in many courses, with companies. The projects have to be focused on innovation and entrepreneurship issues because these areas are branches that allow a greater transformation and problem solutions.
How will this program process work?
1. Teachers, from selected courses, will chose 1 potential project.
2. The project selected will be reviewed by the Academic Direction.
3. The student will make all the suggested changes.
4. The student will receive a username and password to register on the platform.
5. The student will upload the project and wait for a message from a company.
6. If the project was selected, the student will receive a message from a company.
The projects will have a period of 3 months on the platform.
When a project is selected by a company, the student will be part of the company, which it means that the student will be an intern and she or he will have the opportunity to learn, together with professionals, to develop and see the reality of the project he proposed.
Strategy 3: Unify the Best Universities in the World
We believe the academic future goes hand in hand with personalized education and unifying universities worldwide. The structure of schools and universities has always been standard. It is time to make a change in the academic curriculum. When we decide to study it is our choice (most of the time) and we should be the ones who decide which path we are going to take.
We didn't decide where we were born, but now we can decide where we want to study. With "United UPC" even though you are studying at UPC in Lima, Peru; you can choose 40% of your online classes from the best universities in the world and the other 60% would be at your campus. You don't have to travel, pay more or apply to these colleges, you just have to be willing to get out of your comfort zone and prepare to start living a new way of learning never seen on this planet before.
For how long is it going to be?
All your degree (5-6 years depending on your studies)
Is this mandatory?
No! The traditional way of learning would still be available.
Who should be part of "United UPC"?
Students who want to have autonomy over their academic curriculum and want to explore the world with one click.
To get you on speed here are the key tactics on how to make it real:
1.Networking with the best universities in the world
2.Introduce this new model of teaching to all the students that are already UPC students (why this teaching model is important)
3.Promoting this idea with high school students (UPC already go to schools so now talk about this teaching model to make them want to be part of it)
Strategy 4: Emprende Aprendiendo UPC
Emprende Aprendiendo is a boothcamp for entrepreneurs. It is an space created to help entrepreneur students to make their dreams come true. We bring them programs, coaching, courses, mentorship and the tools they might need to their first steps in the world of entrepreneurship. We found out that some of the core problems student have are:
- Not having the neccesary tools for their projects. - They need a mentor that guides them. - They havent found any partner yet, someone they share the same vision with. - They dont hace knowledge on methodologies nor business administration.
Thats why we created this program, in order to help them build their own business ideas and test them on the market. We focus on digital businesses and thats why the main goal o this program is for them to know 3 main things: how to create successfull digital marketing strategies, sales funnels and digital ads campaigns. The idea is that they will leave the boothcamp with a project going on.