US EXPERT CALLS FOR PARADIGM SHIFT TOWARDS ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION

MUSCAT: The Ministry of Education’s (MoE) national symposium, Education for Entrepreneurship and Innovation that began on Monday has stressed that students need to be taught in ways that are more creative.

The theme of the first day of the symposium, on at Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, focused on transforming education to better prepare students for the 21st century global workplace. Present at the event were H E Dr Madeeha bint Ahmed bin Nassir al Shibaniyah and H E Dr Ali bin Masoud bin Ali al Sunaidy, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Professor Yong Zhao, from the University of Oregon, US and the keynote speaker described a global environment in which youth struggle with either being unemployed or underemployed, despite their higher education degrees.

According to him, the problem is not with the level of education, but the type of education. “The [current] education system prepares students to find jobs, not create jobs. While not everyone may become entrepreneurs in the business sense, everyone should have an entrepreneurial spirit. We need a new paradigm. It’s about changing the schools to be about entrepreneurial education.”

Dr Sana al Balushi, director general of the National Career Guidance Centre which helped organise the symposium hoped that schooling from the earliest level can be designed to suit entrepreneurial education. “Students need to think outside the box,” she said.

SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY