I will be living in Makassar, Sulawesi province, Indonesia, working on SEDS, the Sulawesi Economic Development Strategy Project.
A bit of background is in order here: SEDS is a 5‐year, $4.6M CDN project funded by the Government of Canada and implemented by the Humber College in Sulawesi. Ultimately, the project is designed to strengthen the development, management and growth of SMEs in Sulawesi, create employment opportunities, increase levels of incomes, especially among the poor, and contribute to poverty reduction, for both women and men.
The project is designed to achieve this goal by building the capacity of seven Sulawesi universities to develop and deliver applied entrepreneurship academic programs and build linkages and provide support services directly to small and medium enterprises (SMEs). More specifically, through a series of workshops and network-building activities, the project will develop each university’s capacity to design and deliver: applied entrepreneurship education that produces graduates able to start their own businesses; and training, counselling, consulting services directly supporting SMEs.
In south Sulawesi, SEDS project partners include Hasanuddin University, Makassar State University, Muhammadiyah University Makassar. In north Sulawesi, project partners include De La Salle Catholic University, Klabat University, Manado State University, and Sam Ratulangi University South East Sulawesi.
To date, SEDS has focused on three major activities:
- Workshop #1, "Applied Entrepreneurship Curriculum Design and Delivery,“ was conducted between September 30 and November 26, 2013 in both Makassar and Manado
- Workshop #2, "Applied Entrepreneurship Curriculum Design and Delivery,” focused on gender mainstreaming, environmental sustainability and governance in relation to entrepreneurship. The two-week workshops were conducted between February and April 2014 in both Manado and Makassar; and
- From May 11 to June 21, 2014 twenty-eight Indonesian lecturers participated in the Canadian Capacity Consolidation Activity (CCCA) in Toronto. The CCCA gave participants an opportunity to develop their capacity to foster entrepreneurship on their campus through an intensive, experiential training program.
Over the next three months, my colleagues Kent Schroeder, Jeff May and Ianinta Sembiring, and I will facilitate a series of 7 workshops for project partners that are designed to provide the training, tools, guidance and support that SEDS participants need to produce a standardized, 16-week curriculum in applied entrepreneurship. Stay tuned…it will be a very interesting three months indeed!