… As it launches Entrepreneurship Educator Program
By Business Reporter
THE International University of Management (IUM) is implementing its strategic vision, to enable it to produce graduates that are job creators, rather than job seekers.
Through a partnership with Mount Kenya University (MKU), and in collaboration with the renowned Wadhwani Foundation, IUM’s academic staff will be trained through the National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) program.
The Entrepreneurship Educator Program was launched on the Monday at the IUM Dorado Park Campus, and was followed by the initial training of the faculty members for three days by the Wadhwani East Africa team.
The faculty members went through facilitated sessions in three key areas – entrepreneurship concepts, entrepreneurship pedagogy and delivery of entrepreneurship programs in the Wadhwani way.
The goal of the program is to help faculty members to become entrepreneurship educators, as they will be expected to impart the entrepreneurship module in their curriculum.
This will be with the aim to stimulate the thinking of students, to identify entrepreneurship opportunities in their field of studies.
Furthermore, faculty members will be able to direct and assist students in campus activities, such as idea competitions and workshops. In addition, they should also be able to guide students to discover their strengths, in terms of an entrepreneurial founding team, and learn basics, such as opportunity discovery, prototyping, competition analysis, and early customer insights.
The university envisages rolling out the entrepreneurship module across all its faculties, starting in 2018.
IUM founder and the chairperson of the university’s governing council, Dr David Namwandi, said at the launch of the Entrepreneurship Educator Program that 2016 saw a significant milestone, “namely the signing of a MoU between MKU and IUM”.
“The synergy between these two sister universities is remarkable. A lot has been accomplished within a very short time and this speaks volumes to the value added to the academic fraternity in Kenya and Namibia, following this timely pact,” Namwandi said.
“May I therefore first and foremost extend my sincere appreciation to the colleagues at MKU, through whose efforts, the collaboration with the renowned Wadhwani Foundation was facilitated and has now become a reality.”
Namwandi said that Namibia is faced with many societal problems, with the most critical ones being poverty and unemployment.
“Hence, the need for all individuals and organisations to make a contribution towards solving these two problems. In its recently published statistics, the Namibian Statistics Agency (NSA) reported that unemployment in Namibia stands at over 36 percent, with most of the unemployment being among young people. We must kill this idea that unemployment in Africa is not news,” Namwandi said.
He added that training for the sake of training is “meaningless”.
“It is against this background that this university embarked on the strategy of instilling entrepreneurial skills in our students. With our partners, we vow to make IUM, per its vision and mission, a production factory of work and wealth creators.
“Creating a culture of entrepreneurship not only alleviates poverty and unemployment, but it positively affects the general business environment. An increase of business activity will keep government accountable to synchronise and improve various stages, relevant to opening and operating a business, such as registration, tax-related matters, access to funding etc.
“More business activity will improve the overall ease of doing business. Increased entrepreneurial and innovation activity will effect commercial activity, and therefore the economy.
“A focus on innovation will also enable the generation and registration of various forms of intellectual property, which will benefit entrepreneurs and businesses alike. Innovation has also been known to attract foreign direct investment (FDI), which again benefits the economy,” Namwandi said.
He said the development of an entrepreneurship and innovation culture at IUM is aimed at educating young people to become job creators and not seekers.
“At IUM we aim to create unique frameworks where our students should be actively involved in entrepreneurship and innovation programmes and activities, from day one to their final day at our university.”
Namwandi said the aim of this week’s workshop was to put into action the desire of the university to become an entrepreneurship and innovation-driven institution, in which entrepreneurship is taught across the curriculum – from year one to year four.
“The final project for students in the entrepreneurship courses will not be the typical paper for the library shelves, but a business proposal, which will attract funding from banks and other funding agencies. In this regard, we shall be counting from year to year, how many companies have been created by our graduates, and take this as a way of monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of the entrepreneurship and innovation programs, and make the necessary adjustment.
“Over and above, the research and publishing will also have a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation by our professors, lecturers and PhD students. This will be achieved through the leadership of our Business Administration Faculty, supported other faculties and centers at IUM and with universities with which we have MoUs.
Finally, the Annual Fair will also be held to celebrate and chart the way forward each year on entrepreneurship and innovation by all faculties at IUM,” Namwandi added.
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