Handong Global University (President Chang Soon-Heung) will be hosting the Global Entrepreneurship Training (GET) at the Zimbabwe School of Mines located in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. This program will take place from the 9th through the 15th of July.
After hosting last year's successful GET at Zimbabwe's Harare Institute of Technology, Handong is hosting a second one due to popular demand from local parties. This year's GET will be held in Zimbabwe's second biggest city Bulawayo to accommodate a larger number of trainees who come not only from Zimbabwe but also from other Southern African regions. The program will train approximately 100 Trainees that include local civil servants, entrepreneurs, professors, and students preparing to start their own businesses. They will be joined by the faculty from Handong and the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT), coordinators, and student research assistants. Together they will work in the program for a week.
The GET is a program designed by Handong Global University after it had been selected as a host school for the UNESCO UNITWIN (University Twining and Networking) in 2007, and its objectives are to strengthen developing countries' capacity for sustainable development by reforming awareness through entrepreneurship training and also to train leaders for economic development in developing countries and global entrepreneurs from among the native population. The program has produced approximately 2,800 graduates from over 10 countries, which include South Korea, Kenya, Ghana, Peru, Laos, Ethiopia, and Vietnam.
The GET is already being held for the twentieth time, and it promotes entrepreneurial spirit in students and citizens of developing countries, thereby vitalizing small businesses and business start-ups, promoting technical innovations and job creation, and contributing to he United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal eight to 'promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.'
The week-long lecture will start out with Professor Gi-Hong Kim's lecture on Entrepreneurial Mind Set and will be followed by lectures on creative innovation, finance and accounting, business law and ethics, and marketing. On the evening of the third day, a culture night program will take place and will be a time of cultural exchange and mutual understanding between South Korea and Southern Africa.
Participants will gather in small group meetings every afternoon to conceive new business items and practice devising business plans. These plans will be presented by the participants and evaluated by judges. On July 15th, the last day of the program, the final evaluation of the participants' plans and vision for their own businesses will take place in a business proposal contest.
Once the GET, which mainly targets university student, is over, the Junior Entrepreneurship Training (JET), designed and hosted by student research assistants from Handong Global University and the Harare Institute of Technology, will be held for local high school students. The faculty will be hosting the Senior Entrepreneurship Training (SET) for government personnel, company executives, and organization leaders on the 17th and 18th.
Handong's Professor Gi-Hong Kim stated, “Zimbabwe is one of the developing countries with great potential, and I hope to see that this year's program will plant the seeds of entrepreneurial spirit across the Zimbabwe's community.”