Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) was established at the end of 2016 from within the University Education Branch of the Department Higher Education and Training. The EDHE Programme focuses on enhancing:
- Student entrepreneurship through mobilising the national student and graduate resource to create successful enterprises that will ultimately lead to both wealth and job creation;
- Entrepreneurship development in academia through supporting academics in instilling an entrepreneurial mindset within all students and graduates through the offering of relevant knowledge, transferral of practical skills and the application of business principles, not only to a specific discipline, but across disciplines; and
- Developing entrepreneurial universities through creating a conducive environment that will enable universities to adapt strategically and embark on projects whereby third-stream income can be generated through innovative business ideas.
The Faculty of EMS’ partnership with EDHE was officially established in 2017 when colleagues from the school attended the annual EDHE Lekgotla in June 2017. Since then, the school has had representation at the EDHE Lekgotla in 2018 and 2019, hosted Student Entrepreneurship Week (SEW) in 2018 and 2019 and had students participate in regional level of the national intervarsity student entrepreneurship competition in 2019.
The Faculty also has colleagues who are members of the EDHE national Communities of Practice in Student Entrepreneurship and in Entrepreneurship in Academia, who frequently attend EDHE workshops and are involved in the robust conversations and activities towards helping Entrepreneurship become an integral culture in our universities.