Title: Entrepreneurship Education as Part of Higher Education Reform in Egypt
Stream: Higher Education
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Mona Mersal, The American University in Cairo, Egypt
Higher education can contribute to developing societies’ economies through providing graduates with the competencies needed to become successful leaders and entrepreneurs in today’s rapidly-changing labor market. Entrepreneurship education is a vehicle for job creation, innovation, critical thinking and economic growth. The aim of this study was to explore the views of higher education stakeholders about the economic, socio-cultural and pedagogical implications of entrepreneurship education at the American University in Cairo (AUC). Moreover, the study investigated some of the obstacles and best practices of entrepreneurship education at the AUC. The study adopted a qualitative case study design to answer the study questions. Semi-structured one-on-one interviews were utilized to gather the required data. Purposeful sampling was used to select 14 stakeholders from the AUC. Clarks’ (1998) theoretical framework of the entrepreneurial university provided the lenses from which the study results were analyzed and interpreted. The results showed that there is a direct correlation between entrepreneurship and economic growth, innovation and job-creation. Moreover, entrepreneurship education plays a key role in tackling social issues and changing learners’ mindset to take risks, pursue opportunities and become job-creators.
In this presentation, I will share with the attendees the results of my thesis project. I will start with highlighting the significance of entrepreneurship education which has recently received considerable attention by academics, policy makers and education and business researchers owing to its positive impacts on societies. Moreover, I will shed light on the study’s aims, questions, theoretical framework, methodology, findings and conclusions.
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