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HKS in the News July 25, 2012

1. Why we need ‘new species of varsities’ (Juma) Standard (Kenya)

Why we need ‘new species of varsities’

Standard (Kenya)

July 25

Quoted: Calestous Juma, Belfer Center

Topic: Entrepreneurial universities in Kenya

Picture this: instead of university students writing the usual theses or research projects before they can graduate, they draw up business plans! In the plan, they are required to carefully outline how they will execute business ideas to produce goods and services and show their track record in managing successful businesses.

Sounds impossible in Kenya? Well, this is exactly what a Kenyan international scholar wants to see in our universities in his drive to transform them to becoming “entrepreneurship universities”.

Prof Calestous Juma, a distinguished Kenyan scholar who teaches at the Harvard’s Kennedy School, shares his conviction that our universities need to nurture entrepreneurs in practical terms rather than just in theory. …

Speaking to Education during his recent visit to Kenya to receive an award from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, Prof Juma said Kenyan universities should do a better job of building people who can create wealth for themselves through new business ventures.

“It is not uncommon to see our institutions say in their mission statements that they are developing job creators and not job seekers, but if you look at how the curriculum is structured, you realise they won’t actually deliver on that,” he says. …

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