KNUST To Sharpen Entrepreneurial Skills Of Students

techThe Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has stepped up efforts to design business-inclined and practical programmes to sharpen the entrepreneurial skills of final year students.

Professor Sam Afrane, Provost of the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS), said this was borne out of the university’s agenda to expose students to the demands on the job market to enable them to venture successfully into it after graduation.

Addressing the opening session of the “HFC Bank-KNUST Entrepreneurship Clinic 2014” in Kumasi, he indicated that entrepreneurship was the panacea to reduce graduate unemployment to the barest minimum.

The month-long programme, initiated by the KNUST Center for Business Development and targeting final year students, seeks to educate the participants on general knowledge in all aspects of entrepreneurship and small-business management.

It was designed to create awareness, opportunities, challenges, characteristics, attitudes and skills needed for venture creation, as well as utilising potentials inherent in the students to cope with life after school.

Topics to be treated include “The current job market in Ghana: Implications for new graduates”, “The business school of life  from apprenticeship to kingship”, “Developing positive problem-solving attitude in business”, “Starting and sustaining a private business: Means and strategies” and “The secrets of success in business: Lessons for aspiring businessmen”.

Professor Afrane noted that to achieve its target, carefully selected and accomplished business practitioners and entrepreneurs would be invited to share experiences through teaching, coaching and mentoring.

He stressed the need for undergraduates to appreciate the business environment and opportunities and the threats it presents, so that they embrace themselves well for the challenges ahead.

Mr. Osei Asafo-Adjei, Executive Director in-charge of Corporate Banking, HFC Bank Limited, advised graduates to strive to form partnership in order to advance their business plans.—GNA


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