The Role of Entrepreneurship Education in Higher Education Institutions

Thobeka Ncanywa ORCID iD  & Noluntu Dyantyi ORCID iD

Issue: Vol.3  No.11 October 2022 Post COVID-19 Special Issue  Article 6 pp.75-89
DOI: |   Published online 28th October 2022.
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Entrepreneurship education affords people with skills that display the characteristics of risk-taking, being involved in making informed decisions, creativity and innovation. Entrepreneurship education can provide teaching approaches to changing problems into business opportunities to assist the university community in addressing graduate employability. In addition, it can provide post-COVID-19 pandemic solutions to their start-ups or existing businesses. The paper explores the role of entrepreneurship education in Higher Education Institutions by discussing the effective and sustainable teaching methods that can be used in entrepreneurship teaching, employing a qualitative thematic review methodology. The entrepreneurship ecosystem can be key when higher education institutions are engaged in the transformation process of offering entrepreneurship education to their community. This paper explores the following themes: entrepreneurial education needs in entrepreneurial institutions, stakeholders involved in the provision of entrepreneurship education, and a sustainable business model as a product of entrepreneurship education. The present paper recommends that universities adopt a participatory approach to teaching and learning entrepreneurship as this can play a crucial role in building their structures to be economically active. Furthermore, it addresses graduate unemployment; provides recovery strategies to reboot businesses in communities, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic; and how to position themselves as entrepreneurial institutions.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship education, Sustainability, Transformation, Graduate unemployment

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Prof. Thobeka Ncanywa is currently an Academic Professor at the Walter Sisulu University, South Africa. She holds a PhD in Economics. Her research focuses on Teaching and learning, Entrepreneurship Education and Economics.

Dr. Noluntu Dyantyi is a Research Manager at the Walter Sisulu University in South Africa. She holds a PhD in Chemistry. Her research focuses on Chemistry, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation of research.

Ncanywa T. & Dyantyi, N. “The Role of Entrepreneurship Education in Higher Education Institutions,” E-Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences 3, no.11 (2022):75-89.

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