APRU Undergraduate Leaders Program 2016 in Mexico
The University of Melbourne was represented by undergraduate students, Hao Le (Bachelor of Science) and Samuel Barnden (Bachelor of Commerce), at the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Undergraduate Leaders’ Program. They were also the only Australians represented amongst the 60 participants for the two-week long program in Mexico, hosted by Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Tec de Monterrey).
As a member of the APRU alliance, the Undergraduate Leaders Program is supported by The University of Melbourne’s Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor International. APRU is an alliance of 45 research universities with a focus on the global challenges affecting the Pacific Rim region. Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, also known as Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), is a partner of The University of Melbourne.
The 60 students from across the region addressed practical ways to address problems within the local community of Cholula, Puebla. Hao Le’s group focused on developing innovative solutions to waste management and recycling in Cholula. Samuel Barnden’s team was involved with tourism and business improvements for local cart sellers. This experience of a lifetime has deeply affected both students who were surprised by the generosity of the local people, despite impoverished conditions. Both students highly recommend the benefits of such programs and are grateful to the opportunity to participate.
Read more about Hao and Samuel’s adventures in Mexico at: http://musse.unimelb.edu.au/september-16-186/%E2%80%9Cmi-casa-es-tu-casa%E2%80%9D