Manila, October 23, 2017—Entrepreneurship, the translation of ideas into products and actions, has become central to the discourse of higher education according to Dr. Patricia B. Licuanan, Chair of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). “University Entrepreneurship is about Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) providing space for discovery, innovation, and collaboration, especially for the search for solutions that can benefit the poor, marginalized, and underserved sectors of society,” she added.
Dr. Licuanan was the keynote speaker at the opening of the 6th UNESCO-APEID Meeting on Entrepreneurship Education at the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas this morning. Today is the first of a three-day meeting scheduled on October 23-24 at Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, and October 25 at Miriam College-Henry Sy, Sr. Innovation Center.
Elaborating on the role of higher education in building a culture of entrepreneurship, Dr. Licuanan cited Danny Largo and his team at the BioProcess Engineering Research Center (BioPERC) of the University of San Carlos in Cebu, as a model of University Entrepreneurship. With funding from the Commission on Higher Education, BioPERC developed a novel way to recover the beneficial elements of mango waste and to convert it into high value products.
She emphasized that beyond the formal curriculum, schools offering Entrepreneurship must not only create a learning environment that demands excellence, but also “encourages taking risks,and makes space for failure--especially failing early, for the cause of learning,” she said.
As participants are set to create a curriculum model for Entrepreneurship Education in Higher Education institutions in the next three days, she challenged them to take the opportunity to define the role of universities to support innovation within industries and entrepreneurship among the youth. “Can this be an opportunity for us to leverage our global diaspora,across industries and fields around the world, to contribute ‘social remittances’ by sharing their experiences, ideas, network, and time, with our potential entrepreneurs?” she added.
The 6th UNESCO-APEID Meeting on Entrepreneurship Education brings together 120 participants from 20 countries in South and East Asia and ASEAN who will draw a common framework for an Entrepreneurship Program and its Curriculum for the Asia Pacific member countries in the region.
The participants are composed of government representatives, educators, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship advocates, and policy makers who will be working around the theme “Designing a Relevant and Innovative Entrepreneurship Education: Towards Mutual Recognition of Qualification in ASEAN, East and South Asia.”
The Asia Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) is a program of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand. It was established as an inter-country co-operation program serving 47 Member States in the Asia-Pacific region.
Ramon Lopez, Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry, will be the keynote speaker on October 24 and will talk about Aligning National Development Goals with Entrepreneurship Education. Sen. Paolo Benigno A. Aquino IV, will keynote the session on October 25 and will talk about the Collective Efforts of Stakeholders in Education Towards a Prosperous Entrepreneurial Society.
At the end of the meeting, participants are expected to present their resolutions and action plans, and align them with national and global goals of the regions to achieve competitiveness and future sustainability.
The Philippines is the 2017 host country represented by Miriam College - UNESCO EE Net Philippine Chapter with the support of UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand, and CHED.