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[SM News][UNESCO UNITWIN] Sookmyung Women's University Invites 55 Outstanding Female Students from Five ASEAN Universities to Train Entrepreneurs for the Digital Age



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- Sookmyung Women's University's Asia Pacific Women's Information Network Center hosts ‘Advanced Workshop and Hackathon’ for outstanding students from partner universities

- Sookmyung Women's University trains 55 female students from 5 universities in 4 ASEAN countries including Indonesia and Cambodia



- "UNITWIN Program Contributes to Fostering the Next Generation of Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs in ASEAN" says Jungin Jo


 A student attends a lecture on digital entrepreneurship and leadership at the Sookmyung UNITWIN Advanced Workshop and Hackathon.


Sookmyung Women's University (President Yoon-keum Chang) hosted 55 female students from five ASEAN partner universities to train entrepreneurs to lead the digital age.


Sookmyung Women's University's Asia-Pacific Women's Information Network Center , a UNESCO Chair institution, hosted the 'Sookmyung UNITWIN Advanced Workshop and Hackathon' from November 27(Monday) to December 1(Friday).


As part of the UNESCO UNITWIN program, APWINC invited students who have completed the local digital and leadership training and online digital entrepreneurship training with outstanding results to Sookmyung Women's University. Fifty-five students from partner universities, Souphanouvong University in Laos, National University of Laos, Quy Nhon University in Vietnam, Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, and Royal University of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, participated in the program.


During the week-long program, working professionals such as startup founders, UI/UX designers, and software developers served as instructors to teach digital entrepreneurship and web development capstone courses.


On the first day of the program, Hannah Lee, CEO of social enterprise LUPL, shared her entrepreneurial experience on the topic of 'Female Leaders Changing the World with Warm Leadership'. "When planning a business model, focus on social issues that need to be changed and pursue values beyond profit," she advised, adding, "It is also a good idea to participate in various educational opportunities such as the UNITWIN program to strengthen your own capabilities."


Students take a commemorative photo at the closing ceremony of the 'Sookmyung UNITWIN Advanced Workshop and Hackathon' held at Sookmyung Women's University in Yongsan-gu, Seoul on Nov. 27-Dec. 1.


The training was divided into two sessions: Entrepreneurship and Leadership and Digital. In the entrepreneurship and leadership section, students learned to develop a business model and practiced UI-UX design and Figma that can be applied in the workplace. In the digital section, students received in-depth training on webpage development through learning major programming languages.


In addition, the students presented their startup business models and web pages under the theme of 'Responding to Global Issues and Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'. The judges commented, "The students appropriately proposed solutions linking digital competence and women's leadership," and said, "Sookmyung Women's University's UNITWIN program will contribute to fostering the next generation of leaders with competencies in the era of digital transformation."


"Through this program, we hope to equip ASEAN students with the expertise and competencies required in the digital transformation era," said Jungin Jo, Head of APWINC. "We believe that it will not only positively impact their future employment and digital entrepreneurship, but also contribute to ASEAN's digital transformation."




Meanwhile, UNESCO's UNITWIN program promotes knowledge sharing and collaboration among universities around the world to strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions. Since 2016, Sookmyung Women's University has been conducting various educational programs with 18 universities in 9 countries on the theme of 'Women's Empowerment through Digital Skills and Leadership Education.'