More than Learning: Entrepreneurship at UCT
This book provides a snapshot of the entrepreneurship eco-system at the University of Cape Town (UCT) at a particular point in time. It makes evident that entrepreneurship has been actively nurtured over many years in a wide variety of initiatives within UCT. This includes undergraduate course-based content across a range of faculties on upper and middle campus, post-graduate degrees focusing on nurturing and developing entrepreneurs, the world-class UCT Graduate School of Business, the exciting new Hasso Plattner Design-Thinking School and the Solution Space, UCT’s satellite campus, based in Philippi. The book makes space for a variety of voices from different contexts across the institution. It celebrates the successes and vision of individuals and initiatives over time, recognising the value of a range of stakeholders within a university ecosystem, and of the value of an institutional culture that encourages entrepreneurship.
The role of the university has shifted significantly , impacted by public demands for access, social justice and transformation in the higher education sphere. Learning is recognised as more than a commodity to be traded for job security. It incorporates the knowledge that is created, accessed and passed on; the processes that are modelled; the skills, attitudes and values that make up the person and the communities they are part of.
Entrepreneurship at UCT is shown to be a constructive response to student learning within the university – a response requiring a particular mindset and agency to create something new rather than simply to acquire or circulate that which is already in existence. The practice of entrepreneurship at UCT recognises learning as a dynamic process, building value beyond what is known. It is specific to a context and flourishes where communities are focused on building value within the context of South Africa and the continent.
Foreword and Introduction