Transformative Education for Sustainable Social Impact (TESSI) Institute

March 11-15, 2024 Quezon City, Philippines


Dates: March 11-15, 2024

Location: Assembly Hall, National College of Public Administration, UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines

Host: Quezon City University, Quezon City Government, and UP Diliman

Number of Participants: 40

Costs: A fee of P10,000 will be charged to cover seminar expenses. This fee covers food and snacks and excludes overnight accommodations. 

Expectation: Participants are expected to be completely engaged in the entire week-long workshop and are responsible for their own travel arrangements.

Co-Convenors: Social Transformation School, Quezon City University, Quezon City Youth Development Office, Design Thinkers Academy-Singapore, SCII Network

Training Partner: Lehigh University

Credits: Continuing Professional Education Credits will be applied for

Program Summary
The Transformative Education for Sustainable Social Impact (TESSI) Institute is a one-week interdisciplinary workshop designed to empower faculty with the expertise and tools needed to reshape their courses and curricula in response to global grand challenges. Rooted in the principles of creative inquiry and the praxis of Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship, the TESSI Institute offers educators an innovative framework for crafting curricula that engage students in authentic, real-world projects, where they co-create innovative, practical, and sustainable solutions that address the needs of vulnerable populations and communities facing social, economic, and environmental challenges. 

Workshop attendees will build toolkits for delivering sustainable impact while preparing their students to identify problems, design solutions, develop business models, and leverage storytelling. This method places students at the center of the knowledge discovery process, using a hands-on, hearts-on approach for students to make meaning based on their lived experiences. Students take radical ownership in their projects, while faculty mentors become partners and co-creators striving to propel their projects forward on the journey towards tangible, sustainable impact. Faculty members will become catalysts for transformative education who foster a new generation of socially conscious engineers, entrepreneurs, and leaders ready to tackle the complex challenges of our time. TESSI is envisioned as a week of inspiration, skill-building, and network-building with a deep commitment to driving sustainable social impact through technology education.

 Certificates will be given to participants upon completion of this workshop. Participants are expected to deploy the tools and techniques in their universities and will be encouraged to join the pool of trainers to help teach future cohorts.  

*Presidents/Vice-Presidents of participating universities will receive an invitation to join a Seminar for University Transformation Leaders and Creative Inquiry Unconference at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, USA in the summer of 2024, and registration fees for these summer activities will be waived. Invitees will be responsible for their travel and accommodation expenses.

TESSI Institute Goals

The Transformative Education for Sustainable Social Impact (TESSI) Institute aims to deliver meaningful learning outcomes for workshop participants, focusing on transforming their educational approaches and fostering a commitment to sustainable social impact through community-engaged learning, research and entrepreneurial action. 

The explicit goals of this institute include:

Schedule Day 1 Theme: Creative Inquiry for Transformative Education and Societal Impact

09:30 - 10:00: Inaugural Session

Dignitaries from QC and Lehigh University Team

10:00 - 11:30: Welcome & Keynote address

Lehigh University /Address: An inspiring talk on the importance of transformative education and its role in addressing global challenges.

11:30 - 11:45: Break

Tea Break arrangement at Auditorium Foyer

11:45 - 12:45: Building with a Case Study

Session on an Innovation journey in Higher Education

12:45 - 13:30: On Sustainability

Partners from Civil Society and the Environmental Movement

13:30 - 14:30: Lunch 

14:30 - 16:00: Small Group Formation+ Discussion + Plenary Debrief: State of the System  TESSI Institute Goal-Setting

2) TESSI lnstitute's goals, principles, and objectives. What might we accomplish; what might we not.

16:00-17:00: Principles of Universal Design for (Creative) Inquiry 

17:00-17:45: TESSI Project Introduction

Introduction to TESSI Project: Project framework and expectations

(Participants will form teams and get their charge; Hosts will identify 5-6 projects that the participants will work on. All project frameworks will be focused on some kind of interdisciplinary impact-focused program creation with various thematic areas

- food systems, healthcare, manufacturing, supply chains, etc.)

17:45: End of Day Activities: EOD (Teams have unstructured time to work on their projects) 

Schedule Day 2 Theme: Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship

11:00 - 11:45: Question Formulation Technique 

11:45 - 13:30: Workshop: Integrating Humanitarian Engineering Projects into Courses and Programs 

13:30 - 14:30: Lunch 

14:30 - 16:30: Workshop: Design Thinking

A hands-on workshop on design thinking methodologies and how to integrate them into impact-focused projects.

16:45 - 17:30: Panel or Workshop: Navigating Organizational Politics

17:30: End of Day Activities EOD (Teams have unstructured time to work on their projects)

19.00: Networking Interaction & Dinner

Schedule Day 3: Design Thinking and Curricular Innovation

09:30 - 10:30: Introduction to Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

10:30 - 12:30: Project Work

On Innovation of Air Quality Monitoring Device

Project teams integrate humanitarian engineering and social entrepreneurship principles into their projects from the idea of AQM Innovation.

12:30 - 13.30: Workshop: Business Models for Social Impact

1) Quick review of Osterwalder's Business Model Canvas. 2) Creating sustainable business models for projects

13:30 - 14:30: Lunch - Lunch at Foyer

14:30 - 15:30: Workshop: Student-Centered Program Design

Student Co-Creation Approaches/ Radical Ownership/ Mentoring Best Practices/ Monitoring, Evaluation and Assessment

15:30 - 16:30: Workshop: Visual Storytelling

16:30 - 17:30: Debrief and Project Updates

Debrief on day's lessons learned Quick update on TESSI projects

17:30: End of Day Activities

(Teams have unstructured time to work on their projects)

Schedule Day 4: Building Partner Networks for Sustainable Impact 

09:30 - 10:30: Model Project Pitch

Example of a 10 minute project pitch followed by Q/A and feedback from participants.

10:30 - 12:00: Panel: Building Partner Networks and Coalitions

Panel Discussion: 

12:00 - 13:30: Project Work

Project Presentation Preparation Time

Individual consultations with workshop hosts and peers.

13:30 - 14:30: Working Lunch - Lunch at Foyer

14:30 - 16:30: Project Presentation Trial Round

Each team gets 10 minutes to present followed by 10 minutes of Q/A + Feedback from referees and peers

16:30 - 17:30: Popup Workshop

Identify common issues and open discussions

17:30: End of Day Activities

Day 5: From Ideation to Execution: Final Presentations and Closing Ceremony

09:30 - 10:30: Workshop: Action Planning

Lehigh & QC Team

Project teams develop action plans for implementing their projects in their educational contexts.

10:30 - 13:00: Final Project Presentation

10-minute presentation followed by 05 mins of Q&A.

Referee panel with 3-5 experts from various areas. 

13:00 - 14:00: Closing Ceremony

14:00: Lunch and Good Bye - Lunch at Foyer

Apply Here (deadline is Mar.6, 2024. Only 40 slots)


Khanjan Mehta

Vice Provost for Creative Inquiry, Lehigh University

Rosemary Phan

 Co-founder and a Chief People Officer

Design Thinkers Academy-Singapore

Elmer Soriano


Planetary Regeneration Lab

Adrian Roy Valdez

Assistant Professor

UP Diliman

Our Partners

Apply Here (deadline is Mar.6, 2024. Only 40 slots)