Beyond providing solid and rigorous technical training, a MUST University education integrates a unique component aimed at developing a changemaker mindset within its graduates.
This changemaker program consists of two components: (i) leadership courses and workshops integrated in all formal academic programs; and (ii) service-learning projects benefiting the university’s community and the region’s sustainable development goals.
Service-learning is an emerging form of experiential learning that connect both disciplinary learning and general education with the historic mission of universities to serve the wider community. It can be applied both at the undergraduate and graduate levels to contribute to meaningful community engagement as well as effective pedagogy. Service learning has learning outcomes at the academic, civic, and personal attitude levels:
- Application of theoretical concepts, approaches, and techniques in the context of a real-world project. Exposure to real-world situations, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of gained knowledge and the practical aspects and limitations of formal concepts and approaches.
- Heightened sense of civic engagement and an appreciation of the experience of making a difference to their communities.
- A strong attachment to public service and public value, and a deeper appreciation of the importance of cohesive communities.
- Better knowledge of their socio-economic environment, potential entrepreneurship opportunities and possible career choices.
- Communication and project management skills and experience in issues arising in group dynamics and multi-stakeholder projects and ways to successfully manage them.
This approach also allows students to discover their community and offer a much more effective way to teach changemaker attitudes and attachment to shared values.
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