A fruitful 10th for entrepreneurship

Published on : 23-Nov-2011

The Nanyang Technopreneurship Center celebrates a decade of entrepreneurial excellence.

On 23 November 2011, the Nanyang Technopreneurship Center (NTC) will mark a decade of excellence in entrepreneurship education at its tenth anniversary bash at the Research Techno Plaza. 

Present at the gala dinner will be the guest-of-honour, Mr Inderjit Singh, Member of Parliament, Deputy Chairman of Action Community for Entrepreneurship, and Chairman of the NTU Board of Trustees’ Enterprise Committee, who will be joined by members and friends of the university community, including the NTU President and Provost.

“The past decade has been an exciting and eventful one for NTC in its journey towards entrepreneurial education excellence,” says NTC Director Assoc Prof Hooi Den Huan.

“There have been many challenges but also many proud achievements and interesting encounters along the way. These have provided valuable lessons and enriched the experience of our students, faculty members and staff.”

Cultivating enterprise
Established in January 2001 as a joint venture between NTU and the Economic Development Board, NTC is a multidisciplinary, university-level centre offering a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and development programmes in entrepreneurship – all geared towards promoting a culture of innovation and creativity. It aims to nurture ethical and responsible technopreneurs and entrepreneurs who can make a meaningful difference to society.

Today, the centre offers a wide variety of programmes including the Master of Science in Technopreneurship and Innovation (MSc TIP) programme, the Minor in Entrepreneurship programme for NTU undergraduates, the Bioentrepreneurship course that was specially designed for the School of Biological Sciences, and the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course.

The centre also offers executive development programmes in English and Chinese. The Chinese course, an intensive week-long residential programme conducted in Singapore and China, is offered jointly with Tsinghua University.

Since 2001, nearly 2,000 students have passed through the centre’s doors. Many of them have gone on to start their own businesses, join small and medium-sized enterprises or become involved in corporate entrepreneurship in large organisations.

Global outreach and exchange
Beyond providing entrepreneurship education programmes, NTC is also involved in various global and national entrepreneurship events such as the Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum, Global Entrepreneurship Week, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Week, The Chua Thian Poh Annual Distinguished Speaker Series and the ideas.inc. Business Challenge.

This year, NTC had the honour of hosting the Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum from July 25 to 28, which was attended by some 200 students from Singapore’s three public universities and five polytechnics. In conjunction with the fourth edition of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, the centre also hosted the closing proceedings of the Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum Members’ Programme for the first time in Asia from 1 to 5 November.

The second edition of the ideas.inc. Business Challenge, another flagship event of the NTC, was also successfully concluded on 15 October at Marina Bay Sands. It attracted a record turnout of about 700 at the Grand Finals and Start-up Conference.

Outstanding international partners
Students benefit from an international perspective, and NTC offers them a global network of entrepreneurial contacts and resources. To build up its worldwide profile, the centre has been actively tying up with various renowned organisations over the years. These include Stanford University, Tsinghua University, the Kauffman Foundation, the International Council for Small Business, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Kellogg Innovation Network, and the European Forum for Entrepreneurship Research.

Entrepreneurship education – the next lap
NTC is gearing up for the next phase of its growth and development. In keeping with its ethos and mission, it will continue to focus on nurturing future generations of entrepreneurs and technopreneurs who are not only competent, but also ethical, responsible and committed to making a meaningful difference to society.

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