“Entrepreneurial Spirit – From Ideas to Implementation” Seminar
“Entrepreneurial Spirit – From Ideas to Implementation” Seminar, first event of “Learning more on Entrepreneurial Spirit Seminar” Series, was held on 25 February. Organized by Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Innovations (CCSI); and Department of Supply Chain and Information Management (SCIM), the seminar was concluded successfully with the enthusiastic participation industries, HSMC staff and students.
Dr Shirley Yeung of CCSI was pleased to invite Mr. Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator, United Nations Office of South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), Asia Pacific; Mr. Jeff Sze Chun-Fai, Political Assistant to Secretary for Education Bureau and Ms. Doris Leung, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Cab (HK) Limited, and Dr. Collin Wong of SCIM was also glad to invite Dr. Ada Wong, founder and CEO, ACP Consulting Limited; as our first event’s speakers. They shared their perceptions towards business ideas and implementation.
Key objectives of “Entrepreneurial Spirit – From Ideas to Implementation” Seminar were to help young people to develop awareness in application of innovations and entrepreneurial spirit; and develop the capabilities of young people to identify entrepreneurial opportunities in relation to technology with sustainable value and responsibility for the community and society at large.
During the opening remarks, Dr. Shirley Yeung explained relationship between entrepreneurial spirit and sustainable development mindset. She said “Entrepreneurship is not a new concept; it has been embedded into different programmes and modules in different higher education institutions. However, the relationship between entrepreneurial spirit and sustainable development mindset has not been fully understood. It’s time to explore for developing our future sustainable leaders. From this perspective, I believe entrepreneurial spirit and sustainable development mindset can be developed through a variety of platform”.
Speaking on “Entrepreneurial Spirit”, Mr. Denis Nkala conveyed the shared vision of UNOSSC and CCSI: promoting equal and lifelong learning opportunities for all and enhancing the global partnership for sustainable. Mr. Nkala also highlighted several data related to Entrepreneurial Spirit to examine the importance of entrepreneurial spirit. “The spirit of the entrepreneur as we know it is no longer sufficient. We need to add other attributes. These could include care for the planet that sustains us; caring for our environment and caring for those who can be worse off because you are better off.” Said, Mr. Nkala.
Mr. Jeff Sze Chun-Fai focused on discussing sustainable development goals, including promoting and improving quality education, reorienting educational programmes, and building public understanding and awareness. Moreover, Mr. Sze encouraged students to develop global and sustainable mindset.
During the seminar, there was a Student Awards Presentation Ceremony. CHENG Wai Man and CHAN Fai Sum Samson, students from Bachelor of Business in Supply Chain and Information Management (Honors) Programme, won in “Innovative Socio-Cultural Sustainable Development Award 2015” organized by CCSI. The Award 2015 is intended to recognize outstanding students who have identified entrepreneurial opportunities with sustainable value and responsibility for the community and society at large. Wai Man and Samson are well-performed in realizing the trend of aromatherapy in quality of life, and understanding the innovative use of e-promotion methods to university students.
Another awardee is Chan Yin Shing, student from Bachelor of Art in English (Honours) Programme. Yin Shing won Award of Merit in Innovative Socio-Cultural Sustainable Development Award 2015.
Dr. Ada Wong indicated the effective measures to implement one’s entrepreneurial dream. Dr. Wong stressed one’s success is closely related to his/her mindset and attitude. She pointed out that there were three elements to succeed: (1) courage to accept defeat; (2) attitude to learn modestly; and (3) a mindset to understand customer’s needs.
Meanwhile, Ms. Doris Leung shared the experience of operating a Non-governmental Organization. Empathy is one of the important values put forward by Ms. Leung. Ms. Leung understands disabled’s needs and developed such a meaningful enterprise.
Opening remark by Dr. Shirley Yeung, Director, Centre for Corporate Sustainability and
Group photo with Mr. Denis Nkala, UNOSSC (right in 1st row), speakers from different
industries and participants
Mr. Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator, United Nation Office of South-South Cooperation
(UNOSSC), Asia Pacific
Mr. Jeff Sze Chun-Fai, Political Assistant to Secretary for Education Bureau
Dr. Ada Wong, founder and CEO, ACP Consulting Limited
Ms. Doris Leung, Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Cab (HK) Limited
Mr. Denis Nkala (1st in the right), Mr. Jeff Sze Chun-Fai (2nd in the right), Dr. Shirley Yeung
(1st in the left)
and Winners of Student award
From left to right (Dr. Shirley Yeung, Dr. Ada Wong, Ms. Doris Leung, Dr. Collin Wong)
About Hang Seng Management College
Hang Seng Management College (HSMC) was restructured from the former Hang Seng School of Commerce and established in 2010 as a non-profit-making private university-level institution with five Schools (Business, Communication, Decision Sciences, Humanities & Social Science, and Translation). Adopting the unique “Liberal + Professional” education model, HSMC is a modern residential-type college which puts quality teaching and students’ all-round development as its highest priorities. Aspiring to be a leading private university in Hong Kong, HSMC features top-quality faculty members, award-winning green campus facilities, innovative degree programmes, active research and excellent student support services, with the aim of nurturing young talents with independent thinking, innovative minds, human caring, ethical values and social responsibilities.
About Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Innovations (CCSI)
Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Innovations aims to establish a platform for services / products/ activities co-creation related to social responsibility (SR), sustainability and innovation to align with the 5-year strategic plan of HSMC, the Six Principles of PRME, UN Global Compact, the Report on Manpower Projection to 2018 of the Hong Kong SAR Government, and the OECD Action Plan for Youth mentioned in the 3rd UNESCO-APEID Meeting on Entrepreneurship Education.
On 15 January 2016, the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and the Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Innovations (CCSI) in Hang Seng Management College which is based in the People’s Republic of China’s Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, signed an agreement to mutually pursue the goals of engaging teaching institutions and the private sector on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and providing training programmes that will focus on effective entrepreneurship education, including social entrepreneurship. The two organizations first discussed the mutual interest in September 2015.
“This collaboration reflects our strategy to work with centre of excellence to help us address development issues. The partnership with CCSI will accelerate our efforts at enhancing collaboration between the private sector, teaching institutions and United Nations Agencies in expanding awareness about entrepreneurship education that greatly enhances the suitability of young graduates for industry needs and to also expand the scope for social entrepreneurship that targets disadvantaged groups with roles for the private sector, academic institutions and UN collaboration”, says Jorge Chediek, The Director of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation.
“Capacity development has to be on an on-going basis via a strong network of partners with a shared vision and outcomes”, says Dr. Shirley Yeung, the Director of the Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Innovations.
Dr Shirley Yeung, Director, Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Innovations,
Hang Seng Management College
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