Vice Chancellor meets Prof. Dornberger of the International SEPT
University of Leipzig,Germany
Prof. Utz Dornberger Prof. James Hawkins Ephraim
As part of his visit to Germany in September 2012, the Vice Chancellor Prof. James Hawkins Ephraim, FGA, met with the Director of the International SEPT program, Prof. Utz Dornberger to discuss some potential partnership between the Department of International SEPT Program at the University of Leipzig, Germany and the Catholic University College of Ghana.
The talk centered on the setting up of an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center (EIC) at the Catholic University College. The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center at the Catholic University College would not only provide sound grounds for research into start-up businesses but create the foundation to assist in the coaching of students who have already started operating their own start-ups and those who have the idea but do not know how to start their businesses.
The purpose is also to help deal with the high rate of graduate unemployment in the country. The University looks forward to equipping its students so that they can start their own business after school. One cannot underestimate the important role small businesses play in the development of the Economy of Ghana.
The EIC – CUCG would offer services such coaching and business plan development to the small businesses in the Sunyani Municipality and beyond. Businesses would be helped to develop their competencies to levels where they can manage their enterprises satisfactorily. This would be the University’s contribution to the growth of businesses in Ghana.
The International SEPT Program is a research and training program at the University of Leipzig dedicated to providing theoretical insight as well as practical experience in the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises in developing and transition countries. The International SEPT Program department collaborates with theSelf Management Initiative Leipzig (SMILE), University of Leipzig. The two partners are involved in the teaching of the Master Program, Small Enterprise Promotion and Training (SEPT) in the University of Leipzig and coaching student-entrepreneurs and other small businesses in Leipzig, Germany.