Professor Marcus Ramogale, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning has always been open about his dream for MUT. His dream of an entrepreneurship programme has been accomplished. This has been close to his heart as part of encouraging and skilling our graduates to become their own employers rather than employees.
On 12 April 2019, MUT launched the Pilot Project of the Wadhwani Foundation (WF) Entrepreneur Skills Training Programme. This is a giant step towards making MUT a fully-fledged entrepreneurship university. At the event, Wadhwani Foundation was represented by Atul Padalkar, the WF Program Manager for South Africa. Headquartered in India, WF focuses on entrepreneur development across the globe.
The WF Entrepreneurship Training programme is offered to students from the Faculty of Management Sciences. The launch saw the formation of entrepreneurship cells (E-Cells), and the Student Entrepreneur Leadership (E-Leaders). “E-Leaders will be responsible for promoting entrepreneurship ideas on campus. They will also interact with entrepreneurs and thought leaders, and participate in programmes that provide entrepreneurial experience and pursue their start-up ideas. This will assist students establish their companies on campus, which is our end goal,” said Ntombi Mthembu, a lecturer in the Department of Human Resources Management.
However, the main part of the project will be the formal training that the students will undergo. The training will be conducted by two seasoned staff members in the Department of Human Resources: Mthembu and Eddie Selebi. The two lecturers underwent a stringent training programme offered by the Wadhwani Foundation. Learning, which will be mostly technology-driven, will take the form of blended learning. Concepts will be delivered by videos and facilitated by trained academic facilitators in the classroom. Students will be encouraged to form practice ventures and will be supported and mentored by entrepreneurs. Teaching and learning will take place via the LEARNWISE platform. This approach will assist the students to understand and discover entrepreneurship, building a strong foundation for students to start, build and grow viable and sustainable ventures, developing an entrepreneurial outlook and mind-set, and identify and mitigate three types of risks: customer, business model and product.