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13 February, 2015 - 12:09 By Tony Quested

Cambridge boosts entrepreneur education for China

Judge Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) has started a two-year partnership with the Shanghai Art & Design Academy

Cambridge University enterprise specialists are raising the standards of entrepreneurship education for a major new Chinese partner.

Judge Business School’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) has started a two-year partnership with the Shanghai Art & Design Academy (SADA) to design and deliver customised entrepreneurship programmes for educators and students.

The first bespoke programme is already underway at Judge. The partnership will help support the development and growth of the entrepreneurship centre at SADA, which was founded in 1960 and is one of the most influential and best-known colleges of art and design in China.

Zhang Tianqi, vice-president of SADA, said the collaboration held the prospect of positive economic spin-offs: “We are keen to collaborate with CfEL to build the skills of mentors and educators who facilitate students with entrepreneurial ambitions.

“Our students will also benefit from specialised learning in commercial thinking, business creation and growth – which can be applied to art and design projects and ventures. This in turn has the potential to have a positive impact on the local economy.”

Yupar Myint, director of international business development at CfEL, added: “We believe our work with the Shanghai Art & Design Academy will enable them to strengthen their entrepreneurship offering and inspire their students to transform ideas and realise entrepreneurial dreams.

“There is a huge opportunity for entrepreneurship in China and tremendous demand for entrepreneurship education among the younger generation. Given our track record, CfEL is well placed to support organisations with their entrepreneurship education goals.”

In addition to the custom programme underway, selected students will be invited to attend CfEL’s Ignite programme which takes place from July 5-10  at Judge.

They will join an international cohort of aspiring entrepreneurs looking to fast-track technology innovations to commercial reality.

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