En­tre­pre­neur­ial spirit

> The Young En­trepreneurs Fair pro­vides a plat­form for stu­dents to show­case their busi­ness acu­men

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STU­DENTS of the En­trepreneur­ship De­vel­op­ment course from Ber­jaya Univer­sity Col­lege of Hos­pi­tal­ity were given the op­por­tu­nity to turn their in­no­va­tive ideas and newly ac­quired class­room skills into prac­tice; plan­ning, or­gan­is­ing and run­ning small busi­nesses. Their skills were put to a test in a sim­u­lated “re­al­world” en­vi­ron­ment, through the Young En­trepreneurs Fair of May/Au­gust 2017 trimester.

The Young En­trepreneurs Fair was cre­ated to pro­vide a plat­form for the stu­dents to show­case their busi­ness acu­men.

This also al­lowed the stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to be fully en­gaged through the “Im­mer­sion Method­ol­ogy”, or learn­ing by do­ing.

“Fly with Us to Nev­er­land” was the theme es­pe­cially se­lected by the or­gan­is­ing stu­dents of the Di­ploma in Events pro­gramme. The theme Nev­er­land was clev­erly brought to life by the amaz­ingly myth­i­cal dec­o­ra­tion and open­ing gim­mick which was per­formed by fairies and pi­rates. Stu­dents from var­i­ous other pro­grammes; i.e. Busi­ness, Re­tail, Hos­pi­tal­ity, Culi­nary, Events and Tourism were “busi­ness own­ers” – sell­ing a va­ri­ety of food, bev­er­age and an ar­ray of in­ter­est­ing prod­ucts.

Dur­ing the fair, the stu­dents were given the free­dom to con­duct any busi­ness of their choos­ing, sub­ject to their ad­her­ence to a few ground rules. The in­fal­li­ble syn­ergy be­tween these stu­dents saw them learn­ing the fun­da­men­tal skills of work­ing, com­mu­ni­cat­ing and strate­gis­ing to­gether as a team.

The stu­dents also learned to over­come prob­lems, com­pro­mise with one an­other, work with full ef­fi­cacy, and man­age their time ef­fi­ciently along with other ba­sic man­age­ment skills like de­ci­sion mak­ing and prob­lem solv­ing skills. This event was held on level 11 of Ber­jaya Univer­sity Col­lege of Hos­pi­tal­ity and was based on the food fair and flea mar­ket con­cept and “vis­i­tors” to the fair were en­ter­tained with ex­cit­ing pro­grammes; ar­ranged and per­formed by the stu­dents them­selves.

At the fair, there were 20 booths set up with a myr­iad of food on sale. Stu­dents also named their booths cre­atively such as: Caspian of Luxnest, Kar­mashian Sum­mer Party, YOLO, Pasta­l­i­cious, Kooky Cook­ies, Koli In The House, Anti Dessert2x Club and many more. The stu­dents’ cre­ativ­ity were put to the ul­ti­mate test as they raced to “com­pete” with one an­other to sus­tain their busi­ness pop­u­lar­ity for the day.

Ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor/chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mae Ho, chief ex­ec­u­tive/vice chan­cel­lor Emer­i­tus Prof Dr Wal­ter Wong, deputy vice chan­cel­lor Prof Dr Lee Chai Buan and head of Ber­jaya Busi­ness School Michael Liew and other heads of schools and heads of de­part­ments graced the event and sup­ported the stu­dents through­out the day.

There­after at the open­ing cer­e­mony, the in­vited guests were taken on a tour of all the booths on level 11.

The in­vited guests were im­pressed with what the stu­dents had put to­gether to make this event a mean­ing­ful and a fruit­ful learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence; ap­ply­ing what they have learned in the class­room to a “real-life” en­vi­ron­ment al­beit only for eight hours; not for­get­ting hav­ing lots fun sell­ing their prod­ucts.

Stu­dents from the En­trepreneur­ship De­vel­op­ment course hap­pily pos­ing with Wong, Mae Ho, Lee and Liew.

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