An award was bestowed on Professor Marcus Ramogale, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) at the EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity finals last Friday, for the progress that MUT had made in advancing entrepreneurship.
“Humbled and honoured” by this acknowledgement, Professor Ramogale said MUT’s entrepreneurial strides started when their Senate approved the University’s core curriculum as part of its distinct identity in 2015. “That included entrepreneurship education. Being a university of technology, we felt that we would distinguish ourselves if we developed in every graduate, some entrepreneurship skills. For me what has been even more remarkable is the way students have taken to this idea. When you tell them that there are options in the world, and that not all of us will be employees, I see remarkable reception among them. And this has really been an impetus behind the progress we’ve made.” He said MUT students go through a gruelling course in entrepreneurship. Those who develop a keener interest can go on to an advanced course and create their own businesses.
“Our message to students all the time is that there may be no jobs in our country. But there is a lot of work, if we conceive of work as being opportunities to solve problems. There are so many problems within our country that if students begin to look for work, not jobs, I’m sure the problem of unemployment would be solved.” He added that that requires a change of mindset, and that students be taught differently.
“All of us come from families which say that you have to go to school, get a good education and get a good job. So we have to change that narrative and make students aware that there are other options. We’re very pleased that MUT students are already taking this message to heart. I thank my colleagues at MUT, for all their support – particular Dr B Ntshangase, Dean of our Faculty of Management Sciences, who nominated me for this award. I also want to thank the colleagues within EDHE, the DHET and USAf.”
The final institutional winner announced at the Intervarsity finals was Goldfields TVET college, which was recognised for the best institutional contribution to the Student Entrepreneurship Week 2020 event during early November.
The EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity finals were a culmination of what has been building up from the first quarter of 2020, at all 26 public universities. The Intervarsity is one of EDHE’s three annual flagship programmes alongside the annual EDHE Lekgotla and the annual Student Entrepreneurship Week. The EDHE programme, a partnership between the Department of Higher Education and Training and Universities South Africa, is funded mainly from the DHET’s University Capacity Development Programme.
- The story was written by Mateboho Green, Manager: Corporate Communication at Universities South Africa, where the article was original published.