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06/05/2022

Researchers at Nelson Mandela University have released a project report outlining best practices for improving student entrepreneurship support at South African public universities.

Prof Shelley Farrington and Mr Riyaad Ismail from the Department of Business Management at Mandela University have released the results of their project titled Improving Student Entrepreneurship Support at South African Public Universities in order to Mitigate Youth Unemployment.

The project got underway in 2020 and is a joint initiative between Mandela Uni, the University of Pretoria and Ghent University in Belgium. Funds for the project were provided by VLIR-UOS, an organisation that supports partnerships between universities in Flanders and the Global South. The project aimed to identify and distribute best practices in university-based student entrepreneurship support at South African public universities.

To achieve these aims, a project report and three case studies have been prepared. Endorsed by Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education’s (EDHEs) director, Dr Norah Clarke, and the University’s Karen Snyman (EDHE’s student entrepreneurship community of practice deputy chairperson), these documents are now available to all interested entrepreneurship stakeholders on the University’s Department of Business Management website, accessible through the following link: https://bit.ly/NMUWebsite.

Alternatively, the report and cases can be accessed through the links provided below:

Project report: Improving Student Entrepreneurship Support at South African Public Universities in order to Mitigate Youth Unemployment https://bit.ly/3s4hVcz

Case 1:  University Environment, Culture and Co-Curricular Entrepreneurship Support Activities https://bit.ly/3vqkmZa

Case 2: Elements in the Internal Entrepreneurship Environment https://bit.ly/3xZ26Ib

Case 3: Collaborations and the External Entrepreneurship Environment https://bit.ly/3F2O0qO

For any enquiries, please contact Riyaad Ismail (Lead Researcher) – s216094577@mandela.ac.za

Prof Shelley Farrington (Primary Responsible Person) – shelley.farrington@mandela.ac.za

Present at the release from left to right: Ms Zamaswazi Shabangu (EDHE), Mr Richardt Kok (EDHE), Prof Shelley Farrington, Karen Snyman, Riyaad Ismail (all from the University), Zana Boshoff (EDHE); Rethabile Phorie (Mandela Uni)

Contact information
Prof Shelley Farrington
Professor in Business Management
Tel: 041 504 2203
Shelley.Farrington@mandela.ac.za