Why STEM?

Studies have shown that effective learning of science, technology, engineering and math improve a country’s international competitiveness and help to develop social and economic growth.

Only about 1% of the Guatemalan population has the opportunity to obtain a higher education. And of those who enter college, most do not obtain the necessary competencies to follow through with a professional career in STEM. This represents a big disadvantage for the country.

UVG educates its students so that they can develop critical thinking skills, ethical work standards, and reflective thinking methodologies. Students from UVG have the capacity to capture, generate and share scientific, technical and humanistic knowledge.

What is STEM?

STEM is an educational solution that helps students become successful professionals. STEM is the integration of the subjects of Science, Technology and Math using engineering design processes to create innovative solutions. This focus becomes important in the work force when professionals need to be experts in more than just one isolated subject matter. STEM projects aim to solve real problems as a team, and require one to know how to ask the right questions and use the correct research strategies to solve them.

UVG STEM Center

Currently, more than 65% of UVG students are enrolled in engineering and science majors at UVG. This is the only university in the country in which all of the engineering programs are accredited. Additionally UVG was the first university offering licensures in all of the basic sciences including chemistry, physics, math and biology.

THE UNIVERSIDAD DEL VALLE IS A LEADER IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND EDUCATION.

Thanks to its strong STEM foundation, the percentage of students who are employed upon graduation from UVG exceeds 80%. Additionally, the prestigious Institute of Investigation is renown for its’ partners including the Guatemalan government and other international organizations including USAID, USDA and the CDC.

Since 1979, the United States Foundation for the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (USFUVG) has obtained 29 donations from the United States Government through the American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA). More recently in 2014, ASHA awarded UVG with a donation of over a million dollars to improve and promote STEM education.

With these funds, the university will continue as a center for STEM education with forefront equipment, providing access to its students and associated high school students to the excellence of the UVG-STEM project.

project activities

Innovate and develop active learning STEM methodologies and enhance the integration of new technologies in existing curriculum in the Faculties of Science and Engineering at the University.

Extend the knowledge and experience in STEM education to academic centers of excellence through training events for teachers, and developing projects in collaboration that connect theory with reality thereby inspiring students to study STEM majors.

Innovate and develop active learning STEM methodologies and enhance the integration of new technologies in existing curriculum in the Faculties of Science and Engineering at the University.