Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP) has been selected by The U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas and NAFSA: Association of International Educators as one of the grant winners of the latest 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. In partnership with Wilkes University, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá will create a program to provide environmental engineering students with research-oriented, project-based learning that will promote technological innovation and cultural awareness.
The program will focus on technical components, such as using key geospatial technologies and data or learning about drone technology and associated environmental sensors, to prepare students for jobs that require geospatial skillsets. Students will learn how to apply an interdisciplinary and team approach to both the design and implementation of research projects, enhancing their leadership skills and experiences and advancing them toward successful careers in the global economy.
The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas—the leading education initiative in the Western Hemisphere—is to increase the annual number of U.S. students studying in Latin America and the Caribbean to 100,000 and bring 100,000 students to the United States by 2020. Innovation Fund grants fuel partnerships between higher education institutions in the United States and the rest of the Western Hemisphere to create new student exchange and training programs. Innovation Fund grants build institutional capacity, increase student mobility, provide more student exchange opportunities and enhance regional education cooperation in the Americas.
This is the first Innovation Fund grant competition sponsored by NAFSA and CAF and will facilitate 14 new higher education partnerships between the United States, Central America and the Caribbean. These grants will provide new exchange and training opportunities for students in agriculture & food security, business, education, environment, language & culture, media communications, public health, technology and tourism. The grants are sponsored by NAFSA and CAF Development Bank of Latin America in honor of NAFSA’s retired Executive Director and CEO Marlene Johnson. Johnson’s public policy leadership resulted in NAFSA becoming a founding partner in the initiative, and this donation recognizes Johnson’s leadership in increasing and diversifying study abroad and her commitment to strengthening relations within the Americas through international education.
“NAFSA is delighted to honor Marlene’s remarkable career in international education by doing our part to help strengthen vital partnerships between academic institutions in the Western Hemisphere,” stated NAFSA Executive Director and CEO, Esther D. Brimmer. “We have full confidence that these programs will help students gain the global competencies they need to reach across borders and become globally engaged leaders.”
The 14 Innovation Fund grants announced today between higher education institutions in the United States, Central America, and the Caribbean will provide groundbreaking exchange programs that allow students to work in teams, gain technical skills, and become more competent for the 21st century workforce. Innovation Fund grants are up to $25,000 each, and grant-winning teams contribute additional resources to leverage and implement sustainable short-term study abroad programs in the Western Hemisphere.
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