4 September 2019

Handong Global University hosts twelve entrepreneurship training programmes in 2019

As a UNESCO University Twinning and Networking (UNITWIN) host institution and member institution of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), Handong Global University (Republic of Korea), offers various entrepreneurship training programmes. To train future global leaders and entrepreneurs, HGU focuses on diverse topics relevant to developing country needs. From January to August in 2019, 12 entrepreneurship training programmes were held in Chad, Uganda, Ghana, Cameroon, Papua New Guinea and Rwanda. 

UNITWIN (University Twining and Networking) is a program established by UNESCO in 1992 with the aim of helping universities and research institutes in developing countries reduce knowledge gaps and foster self-reliance capabilities. In Korea, Handong Global University was designated as Korea's first UNITWIN university in 2007. Since then, Handong Global University has been promoting the enhancement of competence of universities, training of leaders of regional development projects, and signing agreements with universities in developing, low-income countries, as classified by World Bank. Hosting 12 entrepreneurship training programmes across various African countries is one of many ways that HGU is fulfilling its role as a UNITWIN and UNAI member institution. 

In total, 15 professors, 3 coordinators and 41 volunteer students from HGU participated in the entrepreneurship training programs with 798 graduates from 8 countries in 2019. The training programmes carried different emphasises, tailored specifically to meet the country-specific needs of the youth and adult participants. For example, as part of the Appropriate Technology-based Entrepreneurship Training (ATET) in Chad, attendees were invited to a briefing about the history of, and life in Chad before delving into lectures such as Design Thinking & Business Idea Development and Worldview & Entrepreneurship. In several programmes, like Global Entrepreneurship Training (GET) and Junior Entrepreneurship Training (JET) in Ghana, participants put their knowledge to the test by participating in a business plan competition at the conclusion of their training. Lastly, attendees of the Entrepreneurship Training in Papua New Guinea (ETP) examined a case study of entrepreneurship in Korea before covering marketing and finance topics. Donna Aisch, who participated in the program, said "It's a program that I really want to recommend to people who want to be entrepreneurs. The process of checking their business items and providing them with the necessary frameworks to make their business items more attractive to consumers before starting the business was very practical and instructive."

Overall, Handong Global University’s entrepreneurship training programmes encompassed a diversity in topics, a large participant reach, and a practical engagement component to successfully train future entrepreneurs. Above all, the programmes have laid a strong foundation for continued cooperation between HGU and the participating countries.