Ministry to create tech-savvy entrepreneurs

Action plan: Noraini delivering her speech during the launch.

THE Higher Education Ministry (MoHE) has launched an action plan designed to create tech-savvy, enterprising graduates that can take on the challenges of a digitalised world.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad said the Higher Education Institution (HEI) Entrepreneurship Action Plan 2021-2025 will focus on forming a synergistic and holistic entrepreneurial ecosystem while creating high-impact entrepreneurship involving various strategic parties that emphasise innovative and technology-based entrepreneurship.

“This manuscript outlines new strategies and approaches in a more holistic and robust way, taking into account the development of global and domestic scenarios, and the potential for future opportunities, ” she said when launching the action plan and the MoHE Guide to Entrepreneurship Integrated Education (EIE) on Feb 19.“In general, this strategic framework celebrates the formation of a synergistic entrepreneurial ecosystem between academics, the industry, the government and the community in the landscape of the country’s higher education system.

“The empowerment of innovation and technology elements in entrepreneurship is also given special attention in line with the latest technological developments such as e-commerce, FinTech, big data, robotic engineering and the Internet of Things, ” she said, stating that this provides added value to the students.

The EIE, said Noraini, places importance on matching the real business world with the curriculum, as well as experience and problem-based learning.

It will touch on six aspects of the entrepreneurship curriculum, she said, adding that they are Basic Knowledge in Entrepreneurship, Knowledge in Advanced Entrepreneurship, Business Knowledge, Extra Curriculum, Human Development Skills, and Entrepreneurship Apprentice.

With the Covid-19 pandemic still looming around the world, Noraini said it is more critical now to put in place efforts to strengthen entrepreneurship programmes among graduates during their studies.

She added that the action plan is also part of the ministry’s strategic focus for 2021, which is to increase graduate marketability.

The latest action plan follows the ministry’s previous roadmaps – the HEI Entrepreneurship Action Plan 2016-2020 and the Entrepreneurship Strategic Plan 2013-2015.

Noraini said that 49,983 students started their own businesses during the duration of the HEI Entrepreneurship Action Plan 2016-2020 with about 14% (7,148) of them remaining as entrepreneurs after graduating.

“Hopefully, the HEI Entrepreneurship Action Plan 2021-2025 and the EIE are able to transform entrepreneurship from being needs-based into opportunity-based, which will indirectly help drive the country’s economy into a high-income economy, ” she added.

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