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Welcome to 5th University of the Western Cape International Entrepreneurship Conference

The School of Business and Finance,

University of the Western Cape,

Cape Town, South Africa  

28 – 29 September 2017​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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 5th University of the Western Cape International Entrepreneurship Conference

 

The scholarly debates about the legitimacy, as well as the veracity of entrepreneurship education in the last one and a half decades, have produced more consensus around the assertion of the management guru, Peter Drucker, that entrepreneurship is “a discipline and, like any discipline, it can be learned (and of course, taught)”. But one thing has remained unclear about entrepreneurship education amongst all stakeholders concerned: determining what curriculum best fits an economy or sub-region vis-à-vis pedagogy. 

Without resolving this fundamental aspect of entrepreneurship education as a discipline, we might find that any measure of progress to advance the discipline will only loop back to the question of legitimacy, which will further raise doubts about whether entrepreneurship education is worth all the resources (time, finances, etc.) stakeholders invest in it. 

For us, there cannot be a better time to tackle this challenging question in the Southern African sub region than now; given the rising unemployment rate, and particularly, the unprecedented youth/graduate unemployment rate even with the growing number of entrepreneurship programmes across the sub-region. This is why we are prioritising the hosting of the 5th UWC Entrepreneurship Conference themed: Evidence-Based Best Practice in Entrepreneurship Education in the Southern African Region.

The conference will be hosted by the School of Business and Finance of University of the Western Cape, in Cape Town on 28 and 29 September, 2017. 

The conference will be providing an equal pedestal for researchers, academic scholars, practitioners as well as policy-makers to hold debates, talks and discussions around the theme. The aim is to elicit ample evidences which suggest best practices for the future of entrepreneurship education for optimal economic benefits and human development in the SADC region.

We therefore invite all academic scholars, researchers, practitioners, and policy​ makers at all levels, students and all other stakeholders to join in this all-important conference in order to produce ample evidences that will redefine the best approach to teaching entrepreneurship for more vibrant and competitive individual entrepreneurs and economies in the SADC sub-region. We look forward to host you as you bring your invaluable contribution to the frontline.​


Professor R M Peters
Director
School of Business and Finance
University of the Western Cape
Cape Town
South Africa
Professor Chis Friedrich​
School of Business and Finance
University of the Western Cape
Cape Town
South Africa

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