27.09.2016 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

5th UNESCO-APEID Meeting on Entrepreneurship Education: Transforming Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Business and Job Generation

UNESCO, BINUS University and Universitas Padjajaran are co-organizing the 5th UNESCO-APEID Meeting on Entrepreneurship Education, Transforming Entrepreneurs for Sustainable Business and Job Generation, on 26-29 Sepember 2016 in Jakarta and Bandung, Indonesia. About a 100 participants from 15 countries including policy makers, educators, entrepreneurs, professionals and youth are present in the meeting.

The UNDP’s 2016 Asia-Pacific Human Development Report showed that Asia and the Pacific Region currently has the largest number of working-age population any time in its history. With the number of jobseekers are expected to increase by 4.8 million over the next two years, which mostly will be occurred in emerging economies, there are increasing calls for better policies and actions to address unemployment, under-employment and working poverty, including investment for sustainable enterprise expansion and job creation. To support enterpreneurs in becoming the drivers of growth and creators of jobs and to offer innovative enterprising solutions to address the unemployement challenges, will be the ultimate aim of this meeting. 

In his welcoming remarks, Ir. Bernard Gunawan, the CEO of BINUS, expressed that the university is proud to co-host the 5th UNESCO-APEID Meeting on Entrepreneurship Education with Universitas Padjajaran. “BINUS’ own story was a story of venture with sharp 20/20 vision of technological adeptness and global outlook to advance the archipelago as a world class knowledge institution,” he said. “Right from its first inception, there was entrepreuneurial spirit woven into BINUS’ history and mission. The students’ learning center has prepared the students for the real world. An example is the 3+1 Enrichment Programme Initiative, which requires students to participate in immersions such as start up incubator with BINUS Entreperneurship Center. This model delivers results with nearly two out of three BINUS graduates working in global companies or becoming an enterpreneur.” BINUS is strongly joining the international effort to safeguard regional growth through entrepreneurial education.  

Professor Shahbaz Khan, UNESCO Jakarta Director and Representative, reiterated Ir. Gunawan’s emphasis on the link between business, entrepreneurship and youth. Specifically he highlighted on Indonesia rapid progress over the past few years in relation to Indonesian Government’s ambitious vision for 2025 to leverage Indonesia as one of 12 developed countries in 2025 and to be one of the 8 developed countries in 2045 through high, inclusive and sustainable economic achievement. Youth literacy rate that has been constantly reaching up to 99% since last year and public expenditure on education that has increased largely due to fuel subsidy reforms – were among the few examples of progress. With Indonesian Vision 2025, the Government plans to use education to prepare a highly competent generation with a readiness to actively contribute for the development of the nation.

He stated, Indonesia has received two UNESCO’s award since last year. In 2015 Indonesia through Jayagiri Center, was awarded the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainabled Development for its project “Eco-friendly Entrepreneurship for Youth and Adults.” Early this year the Directorate of Early Childhood and Care Education of Ministry of Education and Culture was awarded the first edition of UNESCO Prize for Girl’s and Women’s Education for its outstanding programme in gender mainstreaming in early childhood care and education in Indonesia.

UNESCO has been at the forefront of initiating and implementing projects with an entrepreneurship spirit. As a Regional Bureau of Sciences for Asia Pacific, UNESCO Jakarta has the Sciences Technopreneurship Programme, a programme that links sciences, technology and entrepreneurship. In September, UNESCO organized the 2016 Tangerang Selatan Global Innovation Forum that promoted a culture of innovation, technopreneurship and the transfer of knowledge and technology, in the interests of global economic development. This year’s World Cultural Forum will also be held in Indonesia, with an aim to support cultures for an inclusive planet. He excused himself for not being able to be present in the whole meeting since he will be attending the Sixth High Level Meeting of Mayors for Inclusive Cities of Indonesia soon to be held in Padang, West Sumatra. This initiative has the intention to reinforce and expand the partnership with the local governments to promote the rights of persons with disabilities in Indonesia through inclusive and innovative public policies and initiatives.

“Unless we do not link education to business it would not be successful,” he argued. He finally encouraged youth to lead the direction, to be the job givers rather than the jobs taker; maximizing the Country’s great potential that majorly populated by youth. 

Ir. Agus Muharram, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Sized Entreprises (SMEs), opened his speech by presenting some interesting figures related to Indonesia’s economic progress. He mentioned an increase of Indonesia’s economic growth and the decrease of poverty and unemployment rates. Indonesia, as a large country, has the purchasing power and a huge market opportunity. Entrepreneurship has been so far the national pillar of economics progress in Indonesia. He emphasized that university has the important role to educate young people to be more independent and transform their characters. The Ministry has been supportive in giving wider and easier accesses to the establishment of SMEs through current Ministry’s complementary programmes such as legalizing the enterprise’s status, helps on issuing business licences and the provision of copyright and trade mark.

The outcome of the meeting will be used to further collaboration among Entrepreneurship Education Network members to enhance the quality of entrepreneurship education in their respective countries, emphasizing that entrepreneurship is a viable career path.

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