From Theory to Practice
Universities in developed as well as developing countries are embracing entrepreneurship education. However, the picture is not rosy when considering entrepreneurship education in sub-Saharan Africa. Very often, entrepreneurship education differs less from education in other traditional fields. Moreover, the lack of qualified faculty has rendered the situation relatively bleak. Hence, the purpose of this Symposium in to engage the dialog of making entrepreneurship education in sub-Saharan Africa more practical. In so doing, the Symposium builds on the expertise of world-class entrepreneurship educators and scholars and practitioners.
The Symposium is sponsored by the College of Business at Delaware State University, Seeka University, a start-up university devoted to teaching entrepreneurship, engineering and technology in Ivory Coast and RDA Africa.
From Theory to Practice
What we teach, how we teach and how we can include practical lessons.
More informed and better prepared students for today's market
Dr. Constant D. Beugré, Delaware State University
Rebkha Atnafou-Boyer, Johns Hopkins University & RDA Africa
Dr. James Calvin, Johns Hopkins University
Dr. David Zoogah, Xavier University, Cincinnati
Dr. Moses Ngoze, Technical University of Mombasa, Kenya
Alexandre Kouakou, Nvauley Construction, Ivory Coast
Dr. Yaw Badu, Ghana Institute of Management and Public
Keynote panel, Panel Discussions,
Workshops, Entertainment, Activities (e.g.
pitching, demonstrations, storytelling)
Speakers: Dr. Constant Beugré & Dean Michael Casson, PhD, Delaware State
From diverse discipline representing academia and business in Africa and the U.S., the expert panelists address the challenges of entrepreneurship education in sub-Saharan Africa. Although entrepreneurship can play an importance role in tackling the myriad of problems facing this region of the world, there are challenges. These challenges include the need for clear academic vision, lack of well-prepared faculty, outdated teaching materials, and the use of pedagogies that do not contribute to optimal learning. In spite of these difficulties, there is hope that entrepreneurship education in sub-Saharan Africa can be improved.
Keynote: Dr. Eleni Gebre Medhin, blueMoon; Dr. Michael Morris, University of Notre Dame
Panelists: Dr. Ven Sriram, University of Baltimore; Dr. Eric Liguori, Rowan University; Dr. Eleni Gebre Medhin, blueMoon, and Dr. Michael Morris, University of Notre Dame;
Moderator: James Calvin, Johns Hopkins University
Entrepreneurship pedagogies are the main focus of the Symposium that intends to highlight the hands-on aspect of entrepreneurship education. The section will explore several teaching tools and strategies. These active learning pedagogies include experiential exercises, ideation exercises, case studies, entrepreneurship practicum, and problem-based pedagogies.
Panelists: Dr. Richard Hayes, Hofstra University; Dr. Jean Kabongo, University of South Florida, Sarasota Manatee, and Dr. Maneshkumar P. Joshi, George Mason University.
Moderator: Dr. Constant D. Beugré , Delaware State University
This panel focuses on entrepreneurship education from the perspective of students. Students will share their experiences as learners and focus on exemplary practices.
Panelists: Students from Morgan State University (Tonja Dotson), Lagos Business School (Dolapo Amusan) , African Leadership University (Charles Nana Kwarteng) and Johns Hopkins University (Mahmmed Konfrou).
Moderator: Rebkha Atnafou, MPH, Johns Hopkins University and RDA Africa
Student Led Session on Active Learning Pedagogies
Moderator: Jackson Akor, African Leadership University
Presenters: Students from Lagos Business School include Dolapo Amusanand Galia Nnoli. Students from Morgan include Tonja Dotson, Eminence Theo-Kalio, Kianna Spencer, and Miniya Williams; African Leadership University student is Charles Nana Kwarteng
Moyosore Onifade, MD, and Co-Founder and CEO, Practical Health Technology Solutions
Assistant Dean Dr. Olayinka David-West, Lagos Business School
Rebkha Atnafou, MPH, RDA Africa and Johns Hopkins University
This section continues from Pedagogies I and incorporates learning pedagogies, such as action learning, storytelling, drama and fire camps are used to emphasize the practice of teaching of entrepreneurship.
Panelists: Dr. Lutisha Vickerie-Dearman, Hofstra University; Dr. Peter Kibas, ZetechUniversity, Kenya, and Dr. Henry McKoy, North Carolina Central University
Moderator: Dr. Moses Ngoze, Technical University of Mombasa, Kenya
Entrepreneurship education in sub-Saharan Africa should and must be holistic and be performed beyond formal classrooms. Indeed, the informal selector is an important part if not the most important sector of most economies in sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore, any entrepreneurship education in sub-Saharan Africa should not overlook this sector. Likewise, entrepreneurship education should also embrace the social sector. Sub-Saharan Africa is a land rich in arts and culture but yet, entrepreneurship education has not paid a particular attention to this sector. This Symposium embraces the integration of arts and culture in entrepreneurship education. The aim is to foster existing and the creation of new ventures promoting African art and culture.
Panelists: Alexandre Kouakou, Founder & CEO, Nvauley Construction, Ivory Coast; Dr. Ezra Aharone, Delaware State University, and Dr. B.David. Zoogah, Xavier University and Africa Academy of Management
Moderator: Dr. Fikru Boghossian, Morgan State University
Demonstration projects and activities on youth entrepreneurship led by Dr. Moses Ngoze, Technical University of Mombasa, Kenya, social entrepreneurship and on social entrepreneurship by Dr. Jean Kabongo, University of South Florida; Sarasota Manatee
According to the statistics from the United Nations, more than 70% of the population in sub-Saharan Africa is below 35 years old. Hence, entrepreneurship education aimed at transforming these young people into job creators rather than job seekers is of paramount importance. The same is true for women who represent the large number of entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in the informal sector. The session explores the various considerations, techniques and methodologies of teaching entrepreneurship to this population.
Panelists: Dr. Tiffany Bussey, Morehouse College; Desta Meghoo, J.D. Founder D.Y.M. Creative Consultancy and Susan Namulindwa, African Trade Desk
Moderator: Rebkha Atnafou-Boyer, MPH, Johns Hopkins University and RDAAfrica
Jennifer Mwijukye, Founder and CEO, Unifreight Cargo Handling, Uganda
Rebkha Atnafou-Boyer, Johns Hopkins University & RDAAfrica, Desta Meghoo, J.D. Founder D.Y.M. Creative Consultancy, and Michael Casson Dean, College of Business, Delaware State University
Dean of the School of Business and Management, Morgan State University
Professor of Practice, Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business
Associate Dean, Lagos Business School
Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, Hofstra University
Executive Director, Africa Trade Desk
Associate Professor, Management & Entrepreneurship