UB hosts Singapore Polytechnic, USTP for Learning Express

As part of its aim to strengthen its linkages with other higher educational institutions here and abroad, the University of Bohol (UB) recently welcomed participants of the Learning Express Program (LeX) last September 3, 2019 at the UB Information Resource Center.

Students and teachers from both the Singaporean Polytechnic and University of Science and Technology of the Philippines (USTP) of Cagayan De Oro City visited UB as part of their itinerary for the LeX.

The Learning Express Program is an Overseas Social Innovation Project conceived by the Singapore Polytechnic. During the two-week duration of the project, participating students are empowered to use the Design Thinking methodology to help create innovative prototype solutions to real-life issues faced by the communities they are immersed in. They develop an understanding of the problems faced by the overseas community in the context of their social, economic & political culture, and analyze these issues from multiple perspectives.

Through the project, students can apply teamwork and communication skills to develop a better understanding of themselves, empathy for the community they are serving, and realize the positive impact they can make in the lives of underprivileged communities.

Among the resource speakers during the whole afternoon affair were Saculo Marne Lomibao of the Learning Express Singapore Team of Singapore Polytechnic who also acted as team leader of the visitors, and Maria Teresa Fajardo, the Director of Extension Services of USTP.

The students and teachers were also given a chance to share their culture and experiences with the UB community through a short familiarization activity that was followed by a campus tour given by the UB Peer Facilitators.

This year’s LeX Bohol participants had their immersion in Ewon, Sevilla Sipatan Hanging Bridge Tourism Complex, Candabong, Loboc Rural Improvement Club (RIC) Multipurpose Cooperative for ginger candy and powder production and Maitum, Catigbian with Maitum Coconut Farmers Association which took place from September 2-14, 2019.

Meanwhile, the following students were UB’s representatives to the LeX: Rios Carlos Celades and Jade Ryan Balaba from the College of Engineering and Technology, Mancel Magumpara from the Teachers College, Gino Almonical from the College of Arts and Sciences, Fretzie Joyce Astronomo from the College of Business and Accountancy and Isabel Iris Garsuta from the College of Nursing.

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