EL SALVADOR: Design students create in new facilities
Don Bosco University adds new spaces for experimentation and prototyping
(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco University in Soyapango, El Salvador, has created new spaces for design students for experimentation and prototyping. The new spaces complement new laboratories for technical and specialized training for students in the industrial and product design degree program. The new facilities provide students taking ceramics, wood, and digital fabrication with a place to assemble their academic, research, and graduate projects.
Students in other courses and university officials will also be able to take advantage of the services provided by these labs. The upgrade and renovation will benefit more than 1,300 students and about 50 small businesses with which the university collaborates.
Milton Ascencio, dean of the faculty of humanities, said, “This project not only shows the firm commitment of Don Bosco University to offer high-level academic and professional training but also highlights the institutional effort to provide society with competent people in the areas of design and prototyping.”
Don Bosco University is one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in the country, particularly in the technical and technological sectors. The university maintains a strong link to the local employment sector through research, technology transfer programs, continuing education courses and consultancy services. Degree programs are offered in engineering, social sciences, humanities, economics, technology and aeronautics, among others.
Don Bosco University also has a focus on providing higher education for young women. Its institutional commitment includes empowering women’s integration into university programs, with special attention to the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Close to 22 percent of El Salvador’s population lives in poverty, according to the World Bank. Youth in El Salvador are confronted not only with poverty but with instability, high levels of violence and inadequate access to educational opportunities. Despite ranking high for economic indicators, the need for practical education in El Salvador is more important than ever with 12 percent of youth ages 15-24 unemployed and 41 percent underemployed.
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