In fall 2014, Villanova signed a formal cooperation agreement with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Nicaragua to provide opportunities for students and professors across the University to participate in projects related to many areas of common interest, including:
- Social programs
Much of the work is focused on the indigenous populations in Bluefields, the capital of Región Autónoma del Atlántico Sur—R.A.A.S. (Regional Autonomous Atlantic South) on the Caribbean coast, where poverty is widespread and services are lacking. There, Villanova has engaged with Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University (BICU), which serves the indigenous people of the area.