Entrepreneurs are a critical resource as countries manage complex economic and workplace structures reflecting both the global financial trends and the impact of technologies.

The good news is that the dull, dirty and dangerous work is being replaced by the 4th IR.. the bad news is that with rising youth populations comes rising unemployment and access to education is still dependent on wealth and geography.

Entrepreneurialism is recognised as a way of preparing students for a life that will require constantly upgrading skills, being flexible and open, and in many cases, coming up with their own small and medium enterprises. There are great examples of this globally – but what is the university role in supporting it? And what does good practice look like in a wide variety of contexts? 

How can this be funded appropriately, where does the expertise lie in building capacity, how do the students approach the building of such skills, and what practical experiences of success and failure can we share?

This session will offer a range of experts, representing the student body as well as academic communities, each managing a close ‘table’ discussion on a key issue. 

The session will provide specific networking opportunities for delegates who will be able to move between discussion groups and take advantage of a wide range of different perspectives ranging from funding to learning.

Your opinion and ideas shared in discussion will form part of a consolidated set of issues and actions that will be undertaken through the British Council and others in the months following Going Global.

Key Take-Aways:

  • An opportunity to network with other delegates with similar interests in entrepreneurship
  • Your own ideas and proposals taken forward following the conference 
  • An informed view of the different aspects of entrepreneurial development 
  • The perspectives of a wide range of experts in close dialogue during the session



Victor Shim, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Vice-President Global Relations Office, National University of Singapore (NUS)

Mrs Audrey Namdiero-Walsh European Operations Director African Institute for Mathematical Sciences-Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) Germany 

Prof. Smile Dzisi, Vice Chancellor - Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Koforidua Technical University, Ghana 

Dr Joanna Newman Chief Executive and Secretary General The Association of Commonwealth Universities 

Dr Abdulhasan Al-Dairi, Chairman, Bahrain SMEs Society, Bahrain 

Dr. Ursula Paintner, Head of Section Development Cooperation: Partnership Programmes,  Alumni Projects and Higher Education Management, DAAD, Germany

Sven Koble, Managing Director, BESK Group, Germany