The Millennial Education Project is a new project from NorthWest Biotech Initiative (NBI).

NBI provides a forum that encourages on-campus dialogue between enterprising students, local businesses and industry experts. We create a space for students in the STEM fields to gain valuable transferrable skills including entrepreneurship, business acumen, financial management and other soft skills which most PhD-level researchers may not be exposed to. This provides students the power of choice; to choose a career path based on interest and passion and not due to a lack of skills or opportunities. Thus, students will be prepared to apply these skills in any arena and sector they choose to pursue in life beyond their academic institutions.

NBI, the Millennial Education Project and the Sustainable Development Goals

The Millennial Education Project (MEP) focuses on raising awareness on the importance of 21st century skills by providing opportunities to collaborate across disciplines, gain skills and subsequently increase student’s personal development. The MEP challenges participants’ to “do” and not only “think”. It creates a space where entrepreneurs can think, create, develop and meet with potential investors. It is the centre for knowledge exchange, commercialisation, business engagement, consultancy & professional developments.

The MEP gives back the “power of choice” to its participants. It provides the participants with the overarching skillset to transcend the divides of specific technical and niched sectors, to understand the many moving pieces & the power dynamics to effectively implement change. It is essentially an investment into leaders.

The MEP uses SDG implementation as an entry point to address the skills acquisition highlighted above. Ultimately, this project hopes to shift the mindsets of all attendees and transform them into agents of change. It aims to provoke and promote critical thinking, increase empathy and collaboration, and boost employability through increasing business acumen and interpersonal skills and providing students with the tools to be successful entrepreneurs.

The benefits of the MEP include: creating awareness and understanding of the SDGs and why they exist; allowing students to think critically about current events and how they may have the power to enact change in the short-term (eg generating awareness in their communities, starting a venture or organisation, etc.) and long-­term (eg educational attainment in areas that enable them to participate in a problem solving – medicine, law, politics, activism, etc.).

To find out more please contact Elsa Zekeng