University Roadshow to Raise Awareness of Entrepreneurship as a Career
Following a successful Student Entrepreneurship Week (#SEW2018) at various public universities throughout the month of August 2018, the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) programme in partnership with universities will host a one-day national SEW Roadshow from 19 September to 10 October 2018, at 13 mostly rural universities.
This roadshow is aimed at raising awareness of entrepreneurship as a career and a means of participating in the economy, against the backdrop of graduate and youth unemployment. Students will be inspired to create successful enterprises that will ultimately generate wealth and create much-needed jobs.
The event will assume a format designed by the participating universities, based on their unique contexts and the needs of their students. University organisers partner with business and industry, bringing role models and mentors from local business communities to interact with and inspire business men and women of the future.
The theme of #SEW2018 is “student entrepreneurship – the best of both worlds”. Through an edutainment programme, proudly presented by the Pride Factor life skills academy, and entrepreneurship-focused activities, students will be alerted to the fact that they can try their hand at entrepreneurship while pursuing their studies. This could provide students with a springboard into the world of business upon graduating.
The SEW Roadshow will be presented in partnership with Pride Factor, BeBold, ENACTUS, Start-up Academy, It’s a Breeze, among others.
- • 19 September – Vaal University of Technology, Vanderbijlpark campus
- • 21 September – North-West University, Mafikeng campus
- • 25 September – University of the Free State
- • 26 September – University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg
- • 27 September – Mangosuthu University of Technology
- • 28 September – University of Zululand, Empangeni campus
- • 1 October – University of Fort Hare, East London
- • 2 October – Walter Sisulu University, Butterworth Campus
- • 3 October – Rhodes University
- • 5 October – Sefako Makgatho University of Health Sciences
- • 8 October – University of Venda
- • 9 October – University of Limpopo, Polokwane
- • 10 October – University of Pretoria
Background information on EDHE
Established at the end of 2016 within the University Education Branch of the Department Higher Education and Training (DHET), EDHE was inspired by the growing graduate and youth unemployment, the resources available at universities, the national drive for SMEs and the need for third-stream income at universities. The programme was also motivated by the imperative to drive student and graduate entrepreneurship. The programme has since been included (from a funding perspective) in the University Capacity Development Programme (UCDP) of the DHET.
Recognising that universities as centres of entrepreneurship development are at the heart of the EDHE initiative, the programme has now been located within Universities South Africa (USAf) as the implementing body. Thus EDHE represents a partnership between USAf and DHET through a grant made to the former.
Dr Norah Clarke
Programme Director: Entrepreneurship
Universities South Africa (USAf) & Department Higher Education and Training
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