Students with business ideas to be empowered

05 Apr 2017 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 APR (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation will soon roll out a Student Entrepreneur Programme (SEP) to facilitate the transitioning of student entrepreneurs to business owners upon graduation.
The programme will focus on students who are enrolled at tertiary institutions and who have business ideas, but do not know how to develop and realise them.
Addressing the media here on Wednesday, line minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi said the programme will strengthen and optimise the link between tertiary education institutions and the entrepreneur sector.
She emphasised that the main challenge facing student entrepreneurs is the weak linkage from industry’s side to provide initiatives which can develop, direct and expose talented students accordingly, while studying and completing their studies.
“There are students who are passionate about business or have business dreams that have stuck with them for years, but they do not know how to develop and implement them because of a lack of support or exposure,” said Kandjii-Murangi.
Student entrepreneurs will be exposed to the industry through internships, expert mentors, coaches, managers offering job-shadowing and entrepreneur educators.
“Through SEP we hope to eventually narrow the gap between tertiary education and the demands of the labour market,” said Kandjii-Murangi.
She noted that tertiary institutions should set aside space for SEP activities that will accelerate the process to realise this initiative.
“For any student to benefit from the SEP, he or she has to have more than a business idea, hence SEP does not say that all students will become entrepreneurs but focuses on those who are business-oriented,” said Kandjii-Murangi.
Other SEP requirements are academic success, attendance of prescribed SEP activities and completion of studies.
The programme will be launched on 18 April this year.