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Yonsei Wins Global Education Award for Underwood International College Social Innovation Project
Yonsei Wins Global Education Award for Underwood International College Social Innovation Project

Social Innovation Capstone Project 2 wins Bronze in Social Sciences at QS Reimagine Education Conference

Yonsei University crowned the Bronze Award in Social Sciences for Underwood International College (UIC)'s Social Innovation Capstone Project 2 at the QS Reimagine Education Conference - a global event and competition attended by over academic leaders and industry figures working to innovate the future of education.


The competition and awards ceremony was held during the QS Reimagine Education Conference in London during December 8-10. At the conference, Yonsei University showcased two short-listed projects to a global audience of 650 educational leaders:  UIC’s Social Innovation Capstone Project 2 and the (Freshman) Residential College’s Living and Learning Community-based Immersive Mentoring Camp for middle school students.



The winning UIC Social Innovation Capstone Project 2 aimed to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through technological innovation in partnership with students and faculties of Design Factory Global Network (DFGN)*. Project participants addressed social challenges by developing business solutions based on IoT (Internet of Things) products and services. 


Team ideas included LIKA, a live interactive communication assistant for seniors living alone that provides a safer view of the outside world from home, and PEEK-A-BOO, a real-time inventory tracker and organizer for clothes that help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) hone independent living skills.


UIC Social Innovation Capstone Project 2 team projects


The project enabled students to: 

    create value for solving everyday social issues (e.g., aging, safety, environment, healthcare) to achieve the SDGs as social innovators of the future society

    develop a working knowledge of IoT hardware and software to implement an innovative IoT-based business model

    experience local teamwork and global collaboration as an interdisciplinary team through design thinking and systems thinking. 


To promote value-sharing among Design Factory Global Network (DFGN) members, Design Factory Korea at Yonsei created and distributed IoT hardware/software training videos for students, while helping project participants share their solution ideas for inspiration.  


Launched in 2016, the QS Reimagine Education Conference & Awards is a global conference and competition “open to all those who are transforming education.” Co-organized by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, compilers of the QS World University Rankings, and the Wharton School of UPenn, the conference brings together industry experts and academic leaders, including universities, edtech companies, Chief Innovation Officers, and other stakeholders involved in innovating the future of teaching and learning. The Reimagine Education Awards recognize innovative initiatives that enhance student learning outcomes and employability, providing $50,000 in funding to the overall winners. The awards attracted over 1,500 project submissions from 84 countries this year. 


The Discipline Awards were presented in six areas: Arts & Humanities, Business Education, Engineering & IT, Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. Two to three educational institutions were awarded in each category. While Yonsei University took the bronze, the gold in the Social Sciences division went to iLEAD, a leadership development program for the youth of Nigeria, and the silver to Swiss EHL Group for its education program that develops skills in emotional performance required by the hospitality industry.



* Design Factory Global Network (DFGN) is an innovative and interdisciplinary network centered on “Passion-driven Learning” that provides solutions to practical problems societies face through collaboration and inclusive exchange of perspectives from different backgrounds. Of the 22 members in eight countries in five continents, Design Factory Korea is anchored at Underwood International College of Yonsei University.


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