This Member Spotlight highlights School of Business, Woxsen University in India and its Elevate Program in partnership with Monmouth University to assist the lesser privileged students of Telangana. A special thank you to Raul V. Rodriguez, Vice President of Woxsen University, for his contribution.
The School of Business at Woxsen University is one of the top-tier private b-schools in India, set to develop an outstanding cadre of international business leaders with sensitivity towards ethics, responsibility, sustainability, diversity, equity and inclusiveness.
Woxsen’s foundation rests on the 5 Pillars of Internationalisation, Practice-research, Corporate Alignment, ERS, and Entrepreneurial Mindset, ERS being an integral part of the Institution’s mission, values and soul.
Each programme in the Business School has been crafted to create an international learning environment mapped to the best international curriculum, international quality delivery, high-level research culture and activities with high societal impact.
Alongside this, Woxsen is a member of the PRME and RRBM, working closely with these agencies to inculcate UN SDGs in the area of research and general discourse within the school and the strategy framed is based on & adhering to the UN SDGs.
The strategy to creating an impact in society is built on two constituent processes, namely,
Teaching, Research Contribution, case studies and conferences:
- 3 Credit Compulsory Course on Business Ethics and Philosophy enables the students to take business decisions ethically and be responsible for society and environmental sustainability.
- Across all modules (except quantitative-based modules), a minimum of one capstone project has social orientation in the form of ethics, responsibility or sustainability.
- 75% of the School’s faculty are actively pursuing their research in the domains of sustainable energy economics, clean water, inequality, etc which align with the SDGs.
- The school organised its annual flagship conference “Digitalization, Innovation, Transformation, and Sustainability (DigITS)”, and an interdisciplinary competition “Building Futuristic Sustainable Living: Thinking Smart & Responsible”.
- An in-house magazine Woxsen Business Review (WBR), operated by the Case Centre, features cases, whitepapers and articles, and maintains a sub-section for Sustainability and SDGs.
Some student activities to contribute to social causes –
- The school hosts a chapter called “Street Cause” a nationwide present entity that focused on the social uplifting of rural India. 100+ students contribute in the form of donations, goods or time to the cause.
- On the other hand, the school is proud to host a Rotaract Club that focused on the Net Zero initiative, clean energy and gender equity. In fact, they ensure the cleanliness and maintenance of the campus.
- Additionally, regular conversations take place around this through the Woxsen Debate Club which, once again, focused on ERS as the key motive for its existence.
Woxsen Elevate Program
Woxsen University in partnership with Monmouth University, USA, launched the “Woxsen-Monmouth Elevate Program” in February 2022, a six-month social impact project aimed toward the upliftment of the lesser privileged students of Telangana.
Elevate Program has come into existence with a strong vision to become a support system for the weaker sections of the society, in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which focuses on Good Health & Well-being, Quality Education, and Reduced Inequalities and Economic Growth. The programme is also aligned with the ERS approach of leading international accreditation bodies such as AACSB, EFMD, and AMBA, of which Woxsen University holds prestigious memberships.
The programme has close to 300 registered students in the age group of 4-18 years from the nearby areas of Kamkole, Buddhera, Lingampally, Digwal, Kohir, Melasangam, Ibrahimpur, Sadasivpet, Mogudampally and Zaheerabad.
The Elevate Program began with a Fundraising Campaign at Woxsen and Monmouth University simultaneously where students and staff from both the universities donated to the upliftment of these children. The funds are allocated to provide educational materials to the lesser privileged students. The campaign raised more than $1500 majorly donated by Monmouth University.
Academics and Co-Curricular Activities
The UG & PG students from the School of Business, School of Arts & Design, School of Technology and School of Architecture & Planning at Woxsen have embodied the role of teachers and are providing quality education to these children with great passion & enthusiasm. The Monmouth students have been sending recorded videos of class lessons ensuring a collaborative approach to teaching.
The Elevate Program children are divided into four sections based on their age groups which are primary, middle school and senior school and attend their session every Sunday (2pm-4pm).
Academics: Focuses on providing non-parallel lessons in important subjects
- Primary students are learning to read and write the English alphabet, small words, rhymes, poems, small sentences, etc.
- Middle school students are learning meanings of words, opposite words, paragraph reading, spellings, self-introduction, presentation skills, spoken English, etc.
- Senior school students are learning Parts of Speech, Sentence Formation, Self-Introduction, Punctuation, Tenses, etc.
- Primary students are learning to read and write numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication, shapes etc.
- Middle school students are learning tables, divisions, fractions, geometry, etc.
- Senior students are learning the 10 recommended Life-Skills by WHO under Ms Shahnaz (Psychology Counsellor and the Project Lead of the Elevate Program). The Life-skills such as self-awareness, empathy, coping with stress, problem-solving, decision making, creative thinking, etc are being taught.
Co-curricular: Focuses on the holistic development of the children
- Children above the age group of 10 are being trained in Sports under Mr Sougato (Sports Coach) at the League (International Sports Arena) on the Woxsen premises.
- We are introducing The Bal Chetna Shivir this month which is a programme conducted under the umbrella of Vyakti Vikas Kendra, India for the underprivileged students to enhance their wellbeing. The programme consists of innovative activities, games, knowledge sessions, breathing exercises, and meditation as part of it.
- The last month of the programme will also focus on teaching various art and craft lessons to the students which can generate employability/entrepreneurship ideas in future.
Significance and Impact
The significance of the project can be understood through these projected outcomes.
- Providing children with the resources they need to exercise their right to quality education
- Reducing inequality in educational access
- Providing children with access to a global platform and opportunity
- Raised awareness of children’s well-being
Various steps are being taken to make a significant influence on society by improving the lives of these impoverished children and ensuring that they have access to their basic Right to Education. Woxsen University is providing basic stationeries, refreshments, and transportation facilities to all the children. Woxsen will continue this and several other initiatives of such spirit in the following months in conjunction with several organisations.
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