Four students namely Ms. Mirage Joshi, Mr. Chetan Kumar R, Mr. Neeraj Deshpande and Ms. Pratiksha Nagarkatte of KLS Gogte Institute of Technology (GIT), Belagavi are selected as University Innovation Fellows (UIF) of Stanford University Design School Program. These four students have been selected through very rigorous rounds of the selection process, which included a written test, group discussions, presentations on social/technical problems, assignment submissions and series of one to one interactions and personal interview through Skype by the expert teams and program coordinators of Stanford University’s Design School. There are 358 students from 96 higher education institutions across 16 countries worldwide selected as University Innovation Fellows for this very prestigious program. This program will be held from March 20th -25th 2019 at US.
With the Nobel objective of empowering the student community to become agents of positive change at their colleges/universities, this program was started as a part of the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation (Epicenter) under a five-year National Science Foundation Grant of US by the Stanford University’ D. School. This program is run by Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school). Since its inception, more than 1800 students from different parts of the world have been trained.
During this program, fellows analyze their campus ecosystems and identify learning opportunities related to innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking, and creativity. They work to understand the needs of peers across disciplines and the perspectives of faculty and administrators. Armed with this knowledge and perspective, they design strategies to take advantage of these opportunities for change. Also at these gatherings, Fellows take part in immersive experiences at local universities and organizations, and work with leaders in education and industry. They participate in experiential workshops and exercises focused on topics including movement building, innovation spaces, design of learning experiences, and new models for change in higher education.
While informing about the final selection of students through online communication to the Institute, Ms. Leticia Britos Cavagnaro, Co-director of the University Innovation Fellows Program said that “Higher education needs to change faster to meet the needs of students and industry today”. While speaking on the occasion Ms. Humera Fasihuddin, Co-director of the University Innovation Fellows Program told that, “Through this program, Fellows gain skills,