The Lasallian Social Enterprise for Economic Development (LSEED) Center and British Council Philippines joined hands in strengthening social entrepreneurship initiatives through a memorandum of understanding signed last March 1 at the Philippine Jones Conference Room, 14th floor of the Henry Sy Sr. Hall.
Under the agreement, DLSU is expected to utilize its additional sourcing for regional partners to sustain the WeCan initiative, a regional network of Asian universities under the LSEED Center, and its chairmanship in the National Association of Social Enterprise Educators and Administrators to build and expand the planned network.
Meanwhile, the British Council will be working to link the LSEED Center with more potential collaborators.
LSEED Center Founding Director Norby Salonga detailed that the partnership aims to support the growth of the social entrepreneurship sector by regional networking, mobilization of stakeholders for capacity-building, and the accreditation of universities that implement social entrepreneurship programs.
University President Br. Bernard Oca FSC thanked the British Council for continuously being a “staunch partner” to DLSU since 2016 through the LSEED Center.
“As we move forward to this new collaboration, we once again commit ourselves to the mission of further building the social entrepreneurship sector,” Oca said.
Lotus Postrado, Country Director of British Council Philippines, also welcomed the partnership, explaining that the initiative aligned well with their and DLSU’s advocacies. “This unique platform to engage in social entrepreneurship and innovation [attests] to the commitment of the British Council and the Lasallian community to harness the nexus of higher education and social innovation.”
The ceremonial signing is part of the LSEED Center’s month-long celebration of its seventh anniversary with the theme “7 Stories of Lasallian Social Entrepreneurship’s Impact with LSEED”.