Knowledge Exchange Programme Oxford University & entrepreneurship

The second day of our 4 day Knowledge Exchange Programme tour centred around innovation and entrepreneurship in education, with the appropriate setting of Oxford University, Britain’s oldest university.

The Malaysia/UK delegation received a warm welcome from Richard Briant, Fellow of St Cross College and Gay Haskins, Associate Fellow of Saïd Business School, who introduced Oxford University and provided an inspirational recount of the University’s rich array of activities associated with entrepreneurship and enterprise development.  Here’s an overview of some of the most notable to emerge from the day’s discussions …

Isis Innovation

Our hosts explained the success of technology transfer company Isis Innovation @isisinnovation .  Oxford University and Isis Innovation has formed a significant number of spin-out companies over the past few years, a major achievement for the institution which exists as the oldest university in English speaking world!

Entrepreneurial University Leaders Programme

Oxford University also stands out as an educator of British leaders, amongst them 26 British prime ministers. On the theme of leadership, Paul Coyle, Special Advisor to the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education, and Co-Director of the Entrepreneurial University Leaders Programme, explained the importance of this pioneering programme which was devised and developed by Professor Allan Gibb Professor Emirutus of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  The programme is timely and highly rated, designed to enable universities and their senior leaders to meet challenges with confidence insight and imagination.  Action-oriented and focussed on practical ways in which universities can foster innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to developing higher education fit for the 21st century.

One of the Exchange tour delegates Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Prof Sahol Hamid’s own university won Malaysian Entrepreneurial University of the Year, and will be presenting his university as a case study on the 2014 programme.

Malaysian Islamic Branding

Gay Haskins, Associate Fellow, Said Business School, provides Malaysian delegates an insight into Oxford University’s structure and history

The University has prominent Malaysian alumni, of great interest to our Malaysian delegates, and is now undertaking a great deal of work with Malaysia particularly with respect to Islamic branding.  Paul Temporal, Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, offered some fascinating statistics supporting strategic opportunities to Malaysian Islamic Branding focussing on the Halal industry.

Dato’ Hafsah Hashim, accompanying the tour, said the knowledge gained on entrepreneurship and islamic branding at the Oxford University was indeed eye-opening as it is obvious that entrepreneurship skill-sets should be expanded to university faculty members to enable them to instil the spirit of entrepreneurship among the students in the making of an entrepreneurial university.  In addition, Islamic branding should be leveraged on as a powerful business tool as Muslim youths make up 60% of the world population in 2050!

Oxford Entrepreneurs Student Society

Oxford Entrepreneurs is the largest student society in Oxford and the largest free Business and Entrepreneurship society in Europe with over 7000 members.

Day 3 – Durham

The visit to Oxford University was informative and inspiring, and provided a fitting backdrop for the third day of the tour which takes us to the University of Durham where our agenda focuses on the theme of social enterprise.  After discussions around the role of social enterprise in supporting economic growth the delegation will have the opportunity to visit local social enterprises and small, medium size businesses in Durham.  During our Durham stay we will also be meeting with Jayne Graham, Founder of Colleagues on Tap, to discuss the importance of coworking to the growth and development of micro and home-based business.