Brazil : In May 2019, a SEMESP delegation visited our office in Bengaluru for discussions. SEMESP (Sindicato das Entidades Mantenedoras de Estabelecimentos de Ensino Superior no Estado de São Paulo) represents the largest network of private higher education institutions in Brazil ( 700+ with over 3.2 million students) whose members work closely with overseas universities with the objective to consolidate the transformation, improvement, expansion and development of education in Brazil. As a follow-up to this meeting, discussions have been ongoing on deploying our Foundational and Advanced courses, along with the Startup Club program, for more than 60 representatives in 20 Higher Education Institutions. The LatAm team is proud to announce that recently an MoU was signed with SEMESP during the Future of Higher Education event wherein Wadhwani Entrepreneur will provide support to scale and transform entrepreneurship education in Brazil. We have now a potential of over 20 new institutes coming onboard and deploying Foundational and Advanced courses, and Startup Clubs, 50 new faculties being trained, and an estimated 2000 students to be impacted, starting 2020. And not even counting our expectation with the D2C being piloted and implemented with them, which would bring us enormous scale and impact.
Mexico: The Mexico team is on the cusp of launching the Direct to Classroom (D2C) initiative in the Aliat University in Mexico (with 5 groups of 25 students) and is excited about it. D2C is a format wherein the Wadhwani Certified Faculty teaches virtually in a classroom and the ‘Wadhwani Faculty Fellows’ at the Institutes act as facilitators. This D2C Pilot aims to build a robust model that can be replicated in Q1 2020 across all LatAm countries.
MENA: MENA team signed an MoU (WE) with the Egyptian Chinese university (ECU) which comprises of 5 colleges: Engineering and technology, Economic and International trade, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy and Medical Technology. ECU is a joint venture university between Egypt and China, is affiliated with top accredited Chinese universities and is considered to be the first technological, productive and non-traditional university which depends on the productive technology.
SEA: Wadhwani enrolled student from Rizal Technology University, Angelica Ombiao, represented the Philippines in an Entrepreneurship Summit cum Business Ideation Competition held in Taiwan and won an award for which she gives a lot of credit to the Wadhwani Foundation. She says, “Everyone who attended the Taiwan conference was very impressed with my knowledge of the Lean Methodology and Business Modelling. I did not have any difficulty with discussions and presentations as I was thinking and speaking the global language of entrepreneurship. Thanks to Wadhwani and my Foundational Course on Entrepreneurship”.
West Africa: 3 new partner institutes in Ghana (Knustford University College – Accra, Garden City University College – Kumasi and Heritage Christian University – Accra) will soon join the West Africa Wadhwani Entrepreneur Network.