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Lecturers at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), has urged students to venture into entrepreneurship during early stages of attaining higher education for a brighter future after graduation.
This was at a one-day seminar on Management and SMEs which engaged both the student’s body and past entrepreneur graduates of the School.
The seminar was on the theme: “Success Stories of past UPSA students in SMEs.”
According to Collins Badu Agyemang, a lecturer and course instructor on the management of SMEs, the forum aims at creating the platform for past students to share their experiences during and after school through entrepreneurship.
“This would enable successive entrepreneurs who graduate from this school to share their experiences and challenges with upcoming students,” he noted.
He said over the past 10 years the University has introduced relevant courses which are in line with the current drive in terms of business setups, entrepreneurial skills and SMEs.
The initiative, led by Frederick Doe, also a course instructor, paraded successive past students of the institution to convey their professionals skills, challenges and how they addressed the
“The department decided to profile some successive professionals in the entrepreneurial industry to come and express their skills, challenges and how to address them accordingly,” he added.
The platform would enable non-graduates to take up the responsibilities of venturing into entrepreneurship.
“This is the time to bridge the gap between academics and what’s outside,” he emphasized.
He also urged students not to be discouraged in terms of funding their ideas, rather, they should create an environment to allow investors to invest through business plan and other areas.
‘Funding an establishment shouldn’t be a problem but the way the individual would handle the business and the kind of business plan would encourage investors and supporting agencies to help,” he stated.
Source: Nii Aflah Sackey