The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) webinar talk on Entrepreneurship, Start-ups, Innovation in ASEAN and East Asia for The Post-Pandemic Recovery was held virtually recently .
Head of Entrepreneurship Innovation Centre (EIC) at the Ministry of Education (MoE) Adna Shatriremie bin Haji Abdul Rahman was one of the speakers.
The 90-minute webinar, organised by ERIA, is in line with the robust development of digital economy across ASEAN region, whose growth has been accelerate by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Titled ‘Futurecasting: Entrepreneurship – Start-Ups – Innovation in ASEAN and East Asia – 2021 and Beyond,’ the webinar’s speakers included Chief of Technology and Innovation at UNESCAP Jonathan Wong; Co-founder and CEO of Invest in Cambodia and founder of The ASEAN Network Ravindra Ngo; President of ASEAN Business Youth Association, Singapore Veronica Low Kai Lin; and Managing Director of Knowledge Hive International, Malaysia Nur Kaser.
The session zoomed in on how entrepreneurship and innovation will evolve and develop in their respective ecosystems, post- pandemic.
The session also focussed on what has been put in place in Brunei Darussalam to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation within the education system, as well as the initiatives the MoE has embarked on or will commence to ensure the ecosystem on entrepreneurship and innovation will remain vibrant in the post pandemic era.
Adna Shatriremie explained that when he was heading entrepreneurship at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) in 2014, a test was conducted on the Faculty of Business, Economics and Policy Studies, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Arts students to determine their level of entrepreneurship awareness. However, with the National Entrepreneurship Agenda (NEA) to consider before putting entrepreneurship as a focal point, trials and experimentations were conducted first, as a multi-disciplinary approach increases sustainability of start-ups and incubation.
As the MoE plans to promote entrepreneurship with functional knowledge on sustainability when it comes to innovation, various efforts have been made at different levels of education.
At the primary level, awareness of entrepreneurship and innovation was inculcated.
At the secondary level, experiments of success and failure have been conducted, while the higher education level was given the opportunity to try out their business ideas.
Students incubated under UBD are from multi-disciplinary background and have so far have been sustaining three to four years after university.
Adna Shatriremi pointed out that promoting entrepreneurship is not just about creating create entrepreneurs, but also inculcating the entrepreneurial mindset. For that to happen, the students must be able to make sense of what they learn. The Head of EIC said the ministry is preparing easy fundamentals so that students and future youth can feel, know and test how what it is like to be an entrepreneur, and more importantly, how to develop the entrepreneurial mindset.
The EIC’s role is primarily to create awareness on entrepreneurship and innovation in education that will assist students in sustainability and employability in their career path.