AOU and KFAS organize Seminar on Entrepreneurial Education
The Arab Open University (AOU) in collaboration with Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) organized a seminar, entitled "Entrepreneurial Education", delivered by Dr. Nagwa Ibrahim, Associate Professor from The American University in Cairo (AUC). The seminar was attended by Prof. Moudhi Al-Humoud, AOU President, and Faisal Al-Matrouk, Program Manager of Enterprise Development, Innovation & Enterprise Directorate of KFAS, in addition to presence of many academics and faculty members of several private universities in Kuwait.
Al-Humoud expressed her thanks to all participants of the seminar as well as her praise to the effective cooperation between AOU and KFAS in nurturing the initiatives that strengthen the partnership responsibility and contribute to developing education and development of all Arab countries. She affirmed that AOU is keen on offering high quality education and building up capabilities and skills of students and faculty members as well as activating the necessary training and development programmes that meet the needs of labour markets in addition to support entrepreneurs.
She said that one of the objectives of this seminar is to introduce the principles of entrepreneurship education and its ways to faculty in order to empower students with how to start up their projects.
From his part, Al-Matrouk praised the cooperation with AOU and its role in contributing to developing the education process and community development programmes. He said, "KFAS pays a special concern towards a number of issues and programmes relevant to scientific, educational and developmental areas that benefit Kuwait and all Arab countries. KFAS, in cooperation with various academic and economic Kuwaiti institutions and bodies, effectively contributes to funding and sponsoring several initiatives and projects in the sake of society development, performance enhancement and keeping abreast of the latest scientific and technological developments.” He also added that KFAS works on strengthening the culture of comprehensive quality and supporting entrepreneurs.
During the seminar, Dr. Nagwa addressed several topics such as the difference between the traditional education and the entrepreneurial education and the ways of motivating students, in addition to means of finding resources and financing for startups. In addition, she looked at the relationship between leadership, management and entrepreneurship. “An entrepreneur must be a leader but a leader doesn’t necessarily have to be an entrepreneur”, said Dr. Nagwa.
At the end of the seminar, Al-Humoud presented certificates to the participants. The seminar came to activate partnership programmes, develop education and foster initiatives and entrepreneurs.