International Service Project - Nicaragua, UNICEF

UNICEF Nicaragua

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:

  • Health
  • Telemedicine
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • 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.

UNICEF Nicaragua

In addition to technical support, software development and training to develop systems of communication, Dr. Pritpal Singh, professor and chairman, Electrical and Computer Engineering, is leading workshops on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, and providing mentoring to help establish a business community in the region. He has also delivered presentations on renewable energy, prototyping and 3D printing.

Villanova students are teaming with BICU students to guide the development of technology-based businesses, primarily computer and software-related enterprises.

To learn how you can help, contact:

Pritpal Singh, PhD
Professor and Chairman
Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Villanova University
Tel: (610) 519-7378
Fax: (610) 519-4436