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ELI 360 Universities Change the World

by Ayrea | June 2, 2008 | Newsletters 0 Comments

How does your university selection measure up?

June 02, 2008
When looking at universities today students and parents should consider the question “How does the university’s learning environment improve the world outside of academics?”

A university’s culture and environment is the setting in which young minds not only develop but where the young student will establish a life-long worldview and his or her purpose for life. It is too simple minded to think that a young person is only going to a university to gain information. During those years of maturation at a university they will establish many of the building blocks for life.

At ELI 360 Partner Universities the faculty, staff and student body create a learning environment that helps students develop as whole people. A graduate from ELI 360 universities will not only have newly gained knowledge but they will have the leadership skills and experience to help improve the societies in which they will live. ELI 360 universities challenge students to not only think of their own ambitions but to examine and embrace the ambitions of the society they are a part of.

Read what some of ELI 360 Partner Universities do throughout the year to help cultivate not only the development of the mind but the development of character and concern for the wellbeing of others.

A group of LeTourneau University engineering students designed a durable, low-cost, above-knee prosthetic leg for use in developing countries to ease human suffering in places where accident, disease and landmines have shattered the lives of many who live in poverty.

Under the direction of biomedical engineering professor Dr. Roger Gonzalez, teams of university students have traveled each summer since June 2005 to fit patients in Kenya, Bangladesh, and now, Sierra Leone with prosthetic legs costing less than $100 each. The project is aptly named LEGS, an acronym for LeTourneau Engineering
Global Solutions.

LTU has established Project Ethiopia as a way to harness the talents and skills of students and faculty for the benefit of one country. Their efforts fall into one of five categories: business, education, engineering, service and media. Through Project Ethiopia, LTU has established a fund for micro-finance enterprises; performed water purification analysis; taught village leaders about trade, farming techniques, family planning and other useful skills to improve the economic situations in their villages; and more.

At Hardin-Simmons University senior Leadership Seminar students worked with children from HSU’s “Friendship House After School” program to develop an educational television news segment for children that will be broadcast on KTAB-TV in the near future. Students worked with the children to teach basic principles of market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and business ethics. The principles were incorporated into a script the children practiced and then presented at a special taping in the KTAB studio in March.

Senior Leadership Seminar student, Julie Teague noted, “The project is great exposure for these children, and gives them first-hand experience with one of the many opportunities they can have if they embrace education.”

The venture allowed the children to present information they learned in a creative and exciting environment, while presenting HSU Leadership Students with an opportunity to invest in the lives of children who will be the future of the community and whose education should be seen as a high priority.

These are only two examples of the many opportunities students have when they enroll in an ELI 360 University. For more information contact ellen_presley@eli360.com and ask about the Top Quality Universities represented by ELI 360.

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