Just came back from an hour long talk at the UP College of Engineering in Diliman for an elective class on Technology Entrepreneurship. I find the class very interesting.
The lecturer shared with me how he came up with the idea after attending MIT and thought it would be great to have the same in the state university. If I were still in college, I would have taken up this elective in a heart beat.
First, it exposes the students to the basics of entrepreneurship especially that the class is offered to engineering and computer science students. A scientific mind coupled with good business acumen can prepare graduates to explore the possibility of venturing in a tech start-up right after college.
Second, students are presented with real-world challenges that are up to date and listen from various resource persons in the industry to get a clearer picture of the market.
Technology and the internet helps level the playing field and if that is inculcated to the students earlier on, they are better equipped to face the real world after graduation. Did you ever had that realization that you spent 4 years in college but only used 10% of what you actually learned after leaving school? I think most university curriculum are outdated. (maybe it’s just me since my course then was still experimental stage…) Before I forget, the last time I stepped inside a classroom as a student was 8 years ago.
We need to have more of these kind of electives in school. It’s one way to nurture future technopreneurs make the Silicon Valley in the Philippines a reality.