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3rd UNESCO-APEID Meeting on Entrepreneurship Education

UNESCO Bangkok / Ministry of Education Malaysia

10-12 December 2013
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A new paradigm: innovation rich or innovation poor?

The Asia and Pacific region’s transformation during the last 50 years has been unprecedented, but the growth is not evenly distributed. More than 900 million people in the region still live on incomes of less than $2 a day.

The 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Report, released by the World Economic Forum, urged policymakers to press ahead with reforms and critical investments to provide a prosperous environment and employment for their citizens. Pointing out that the key to move forward is the ability to create new value-added products, processes, and business models through innovation, the report suggested that the differentiation between countries should not be “developed” or “developing”. Instead, it should be whether they are “innovation rich” or “innovation poor”.

What an interesting suggestion!

Indeed, policy makers and educators are looking for answers to be innovation rich, and one way to address this issue is through education in general, and entrepreneurship education in particular.

UNESCO Bangkok organized the 15th UNESCO-APEID International Conference on Creativity and Entrepreneurship in Jakarta, Indonesia, in December 2011, followed by two meetings on entrepreneurship education in Hangzhou, China. The interest and support for these events have demonstrated the relevance and importance of entrepreneurship education, and resulted in requests to continue this series of meetings as a platform for sharing information, formulating multi-stakeholder collaboration and enhancing networking opportunities.

In response, UNESCO Bangkok and the Malaysian Ministry of Education co-organized the 3rd UNESCO-APEID Meeting on Entrepreneurship Education in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 10-12 December 2013, bringing together 120 participants from 21 countries. Speakers shared their insights about entrepreneurship education, innovative approaches as well as lessons learned on their personal journeys in becoming an entrepreneur. Among the many issues raised were changing the mindsets of students, academics, teachers, families and society towards entrepreneurship, as well as creating an “ecosystem” to facilitate entrepreneurship education.

The UNESCO Entrepreneurship Education Network (EE-Net) was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister cum Minister of Education, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. A collaborative platform for the EE-Net will be established with assistance from Mazik Global, a company that specializes in SharePoint development, Net Enterprise development, database development/management, project management and so on. The participants had identified and discussed several areas for collaboration. When ready, the EE-Net platform will allow EE-Net members to collaborate and coordinate their activities more effectively.

Below are the proposed activities and National Chapters that emerged from the meeting.

Proposed EE-Net Activities

1. Building a Community of Practice and driving excellence in content, delivery and measurement of impact through EE-NEN collaboration
Facilitator: Joyeeta Das, National Entrepreneurship Network, India

2. Challenges and opportunities for exchanging curriculum and students among Asian universities – advantages and disadvantages, and strategies for universities taking actions to enhance potential cooperation
Facilitator: Nghị Trần Tín, Ho Chi Minh City University of Food Industry, Viet Nam

3. Women and entrepreneurship
Facilitator: Susan Vance, Fulbright Scholar in Residence, Thailand/USA

4. Entrepreneurship education: sustainability / responsibility
Facilitator: Shirley Yeung, Hang Seng Management College, Hong Kong SAR, China

5. Bootcamps for student techno entrepreneurs
Facilitator: Lakshmi Jagannathan, Dayananda Sagar Institutions, India 

6. Measurement in education to foster “can do” graduates
Facilitator: Deb Gilbertson, Global Enterprise Experience, New Zealand

7. How can we cooperate to share our education contents and what are the road blocks to develop such the sharing site?
Facilitator: Satoshi Kabasawa, Osaka University, Japan 

8. Developing the spirit of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking in rural areas
Facilitator: Leyla Sarfaraz, Shiraz University, Iran

9. Social Innovation & the Social Economy
Facilitator: Christoffer Erichsen, Scope Group, Malaysia

EE-Net National Chapters (to date)

1. China: UNESCO Chair in Entrepreneurial Education, Zhejiang University 

2. Iran: Faculty of Entrepreneurship, Tehran University

3. Malaysia: Entrepreneurship Unit, Ministry of Education



Concept Note (pdf, 140kb)

Programme (pdf, 50kb)

EE-Net Terms of Reference (pdf, 360kb)


Welcoming Remarks - Gwang-Jo Kim, Director, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Thailand (pdf, 110kb)

Opening Speech - YAB Tan Sri Dato' Hj Muhyiddin B. Hj Mohd Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Education Malaysia (pdf, 300kb)

Keynote Speech - Paul D. Hannon, Director, LEAD Wales, Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, United Kingdom (pdf, 3.7mb)

Session 1: Institutional Environment

  • Zaini Ujang, Secretary General II, Ministry of Education, Malaysia (pdf, 1.2mb)

  • Tony Antonio, President, Ciputra University, Indonesia (pdf, 3.2mb)

  • Ben Hughes, Vice Principal (Academic Delivery), Pearson College, UK (pdf, 1.7mb)

Session 2: Innovative Entrepreneurial Teaching and Learning

  • Sahol Hamid Bin Abu Bakar, Vice Chancellor, Universiti Teknologi Mara Malaysia (pdf, 650kb)

  • Edward Rubesch, Director, IMBA Program, Thammasat Business School, Thailand (pdf, 1.5mb)

  • Lindsey Zouein, Marketing Director, Asia Markets, IDEO Singapore

Session 3: Entrepreneurial Impact and Community Development

  • Zabidah Ismail, Managing Director, Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (pdf, 3.5mb)

  • Deb Gilbertson, Director-Global Enterprise Experience, Te Kaihau Education Trust and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (pdf, 1.2mb)

  • Jamil Goheer, Entrepreneur and Social Innovator, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan (pdf, 1.7mb)

Session 4: Strategic Entrepreneurial Networking

  • Ghazali Dato' Yusoff, Executive Chairman, Nusantara Technologies Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

  • Sid Siddiqui, President, MazikGlobal, USA (pdf, 850kb)

  • Sunita Singh, Senior Director and Co-Founder, National Entrepreneurship Network, India (pdf, 2.1mb)

Closing Remarks - Zaini Ujang, Secretary General II, Ministry of Education, Malaysia (pdf, 180kb)

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